Today I love peaceful days of contentment, I wonder if this will be one of those. I love that even when I’m busy there are days that seem to me to be peaceful. I love that today was to be my family’s reunion that happens every year. I love that we have been reuniting so long that there is only one of us born with the name that we honor each year. I love that I am a McKinlay despite that name not being part of mine. I love that I have written under that name when I was writing things that didn’t seem to match my other work. I love that I still keep the name, Taylor McKinlay in reserve for when I wish to write stuff that I want considered without the bias of my name as author so that the reader has no preconceived idea of what it might contain. I love that I came across that name honestly, as my own name is a combination of my paternal grandparents surnames and so, Taylor McKinlay is a combination of my maternal grandparents surnames. I love how that contrivance is at once simple yet cerebral and that makes me happy. I love that I will answer to either name, eventually, though few people address me as Taylor and none consistently.
Today I love that the bay water here in my part of this glorious world is warmed up enough that I can wade in, jump in, or fall in and there’s no real issues with getting used to it any more. I love that we have arrived at the jumping in without hesitation time of the year. I love that when I was a kid I had one bathing suit at any given time and I guarded it with my very life because I thought there was nothing more mortifying than the idea that I couldn’t go swimming for lack of the proper costume. I love that now I have several and often wear more than one a day and if they run out I learned as a teenager to swim in cutoff jeans and I’m prepared to continue that fad with little or no encouragement from anyone.
Today I love fish cooked perfectly and shared with family, that might well be on the menu tonight. I love how adventurous we are when it comes to our menu, and yet we know what our favorites are. I love that freshly made jam is a thing here in my life, and I can make more at any time.
Today I love drinking coffee with a side of homemade bread and home made jam, while I ponder my peace and contentment.