Things That Make Us Happy

Just the other day, I was having lunch with the Crankee Yankee and my step-daughter, who had stopped by for a visit on her way back from Boston. While we were talking and laughing, I realized that the background music I was enjoying was a harp rendition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

I’m a big fan of Queen, and this song has been my personal anthem for years. Hearing it played on a harp was different but delightful. Which made me think of other “out of the ordinary” things that make me happy. Here are some:

  • Hearing my youngest granddaughter yell “Lulu! Grampy!” when she sees us.
  • Teaching my oldest granddaughter how to make earrings (and she’s brilliant at it!).
  • Watching the cats watching the squirrels in the birdfeeder. The squirrels are pretty portly now; only one can fit in the feeder at a time.
  • Finding heart-shaped stones or sea glass on the beach.
  • Seeing an unusual license plate such as “URLOVED.”
  • Having a friend call or email when you are thinking of them.
  • When my most aloof cat, Plumpy, sits close beside me (this does NOT happen often!).

Then there are the unexpected gems that make us smile; such as four of our five cats all snoozing peacefully on the bed together. (The fifth one likes her own space.)

Some of the best things happened when we were going through Mom’s and Dad’s stuff (we are still going through it all). There are some things I grew up with that I realize have no sentimental value to me. We have kept a constant “Free Stuff” table going at the end of our driveway, and people come by each day and pick up things that they can use or that they just plain like. It makes me very happy to know that these things will be loved and enjoyed by new people.

Just the other I had put out a small brass cat statue that had been given to Mom years ago. I’m not a fan of brass, but this small statue was very cute. I had just put it out on the “Free Stuff” table and gone back into the house. As I looked out the window, I saw one of our older neighbor ladies stop by the table. As she saw the little brass cat, she smiled and picked it up. I was very happy to see that she took it home with her.

There’s an old saying: when we are young, we collect stuff. When we are older, we give away stuff! That, too, is one of the things that makes me happy. Watch for the happy; it’s out there!


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