Today I love going to Mars with the newest rover, Perseverance. I love that science continues to look to the unknown. I love that we continue to explore in as many directions as possible because we do not know from which direction the next discovery that helps us will come. I love that whenever someone asks me what good space exploration has ever done for humanity I never hesitate to say in a firm and certain tone of voice, “Teflon cookware!” and drop the mic. I love that so many technological advancements have been made because space exploration required them to continue and so many of those advancements have been absorbed by our own household technologies that we can hardly argue about those advances without using the very tech that benefited us to do that arguing. I love the sense of adventure that comes with the launch of a new Mars rover. I love the dichotomy of our fictional stories of Mars and outer space alongside the reality of what we know and I love that there is nothing wrong with having two histories of one place so long as we retain the knowledge of which one is fictional. I love that Mars is still such a mystery even though we know such a great deal about Barsoom.
Today I love how sweet this summer has been so far. I love that I am in the middle of it and have managed to stop time right here while I admire its beauty and the wealth of its attributes. I love that these days are often like the days of my youth, soft and playful and full of things that signified comfort and contentment back when I did not know what it meant to be poor because we had the wealth of family and friends and our own means of making food from the earth and the land we lived on. I love that I spend my days often in attempts to recapture the best parts of those days and this summer seems to be full of successes in that respect.
Today I love that we have contrived to have a short week and we are now planning our escape to the cottage within the next 24 hours, whether tonight or early tomorrow, only this day will reveal which it will be. I love that the bay is calling me to come and immerse myself in its healing waters and those waters are healing to me for whenever the heat slows me down I find myself to be thoroughly refreshed and rejuvenated by them.
Today I love sitting on the front porch in this perfect moment of this wonderful summer and sipping my coffee while I hold time at a standstill.