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Today I Love The River

Sydenham river in winter
I wish I had a river …

Today I love the river that runs through my little city. I love that when I see it half covered with ice it reminds me of Joni Mitchell’s song “River” and that my friend Shawna Caspi has been covering that song recently. I love that we found ourselves wandering all over town today, at the Bayshore Community Centre for a trade show, at the toy store ’cause I lost my marbles, at the market ’cause it’s Saturday, and at the library to return a book and then spontaneously check out two more and three videos as well. I love that we are home in the quiet peace of a snow covered, sunny, cold Saturday morning and there is a serenity in this house that seems to have become its modus operandi and that is a damned fine thing for a home to have. I love that the tree is still up and that the hope was to keep it up until my birthday and thus we have obviously succeeded because we have no immediate plans to take it down and my birthday is tomorrow. I love that a friend told me I look like a rock star for being sixty and I asked her, “Which rock star? Keith Richards?” And then I laughed of course, because I always laugh at my own lame jokes.

Today I love that I want to tackle the clutter on the big shelf in the great room and then move said shelf to the other side of the fireplace so there will be more room for the furniture that we use. I love that this day has things that want doing and yet it has an easy feel to it that suggests enough things will get done that we’ll be happy and okay with it even if not everything is accomplished. I love being in a loose and easy mood that lets me be happy with things as they are and as they come to me and lets me look for the ways that might help others to be happy asĀ  well.

Today I love breakfast at the market. I love talks with old friends. I love seeing happy chance meetings occur between people I don’t know and the subsequent revelations of quiet unspoken love between friends as they ask about each other’s lives. I love the heated mattress pad. I love rereading books that need to be reread.

Today I love drinking coffee while walking downtown and wishing I had a river I could skate away on.

Today I Love The River

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about having ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

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Babcock, K. (2019). Today I Love The River. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 26, 2019, from


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