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Today I Love The Loud Joy

out on our bay
What adventures await?

Today I love the loud joy that we hear coming from the rental cottage four doors down the shore. I love the wild adventures that the children there are having with one canoe and one kayak and life jackets all around and hunts for blue fin tuna that they will never find here and all the yelling and laughter that goes along with such childhood adventures. I love that we have only had to go out into deep water with our own kayaks twice to rescue them so far, and that they seem never to panic. I love that they remind me of when I was a child, playing pirates with my friends long before I became aware that there was privateers, as we now like to refer to them, in my family lineage. I love that I think of myself as the good pirate, robin hood on the water, stealing people away from danger when I can, but mostly just sitting around imagining that’s who I am. I love the realization that the only significant difference between the children down the shore and myself is that they are adventuring loudly in real life on the water and I am adventuring mostly in my mind, my writing, my kitchen, and my music. I love that I can listen to their laughter and screams and add it to the sound track of my mind’s adventures.

Today I love that we had company yesterday for the first time in a while and that that included children who let me throw them off the end of the dock and they laughed happily when I did. I love that they have grown so much since last we saw them and that we finally got to see them again. I love there was food and play and talk with an aunt and cousins and in laws of odd sorts. I love that I cannot decide whether the oddest relation yesterday was that I am first cousin once removed in law to the three youngest that were here or if it was that I am first cousin in law in law (intentionally twice) with the spouse of my partner’s cousin. I love the looks people get when they try to figure things like this out.

Today I love cold cereal on the deck with fresh fruit and coffee for breakfast. I love that we are planning to have second breakfast for our lunch. I love that before lunch happens I intend to throw myself into the bay, it is hazy and humid and starting to get muggy here and that’s the perfect weather for relaxing in the water.

Today I love drinking coffee and looking out over the water, wondering just how many imaginary blue fins and pirates might be out there; you can’t say none, you just never know.

Today I Love The Loud Joy

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 on the traditional lands of the Chippewas of Nawash in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or 7 generations and my First Nations friend's families go back hundreds of 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 am a freelance writer and I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about living with 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. (2020). Today I Love The Loud Joy. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 29, 2020, from


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