So, I'm jumping on the "Best Of" bandwagon. As all the talking heads, pundits, and social media royalty are making their lists of "best" movies, "best" moments in sports, "best" books, and "best" celebrity gaffes, I decided to craft my own little list. I could post my two cents with regards to those previously-mentioned topics, adding to the noise; but, this is much more fun.
A (Partial) List of the Best Moments--2014 Edition
1. Waking with a start, in the dawn's early light, realizing that I forgot to put out the trash for today's pick-up. I race outside, hoping there's no neighbors in view, and put out the receptacle. As I settle back into bed, I hear the roar of the garbage truck, coming down my street. Sweet.
2. Checking my mailbox (the real one--with the wooden post and flippy-flag that alerts your mail carrier to outgoing items) and receiving a hand-written, "just thinking of you" note, from a dear friend.
3. Hearing my favorite song on the radio. It's fate. It's destiny. No iPod and Spotify playlist involved.
4. The sound of the tea-kettle whistling.
5. Discovering fellow lovers of old musicals--"Singin' In The Rain", anyone?
6. A spontaneous hug attack from "He-who-is-now-taller-than-I". And, he's almost 13.
7. Finding "Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas". On DVD. For $5.
8. Having a chocolate chip cookie craving and finding all the ingredients I need in the pantry and fridge. No trip to the grocery needed. It's that destiny thing again.
9. An impromptu lunch date with my favorite Philosopher and our boys.
10. Leaves on the ground--and leaves in the dining room table.
11. My Ninja's delight in unusual digital clock times. For example, 11:11 or 12:34. Really.
12. Twilight Woods and Dark Kiss.
13. Making the 798th trip down the by-pass, en route from Tae Kwon Do, and viewing a spectacular sunset over the plowed cotton fields.
14. A beloved hymn in the line-up on our Sunday morning worship bulletin.
To quote Half-Pint yet again (Little House fans unite!), “I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all”, says she.
Life-long learning. Here's to a 2015 filled with those lessons. That's higher education.