Today I love this easy Friday. I love this short pants, no sleeves, bare foot on the front porch day. I love that I went for groceries early and got that over with. I love that I saw my friend Jim Ansell buying up all the kale, I think he might be hoarding it, but who can say for sure. I love that he offered to let me buy some but I declined on mathematical grounds, spinach is 92% as good as kale and I’ll eat 900% more of it so I’m 100% not going to buy any kale, besides we grow it here at el castillo azul. I love that many things grow here, some years they grow well and others, not so well, but always we have the adventure of growing things and if we are lucky we get to benefit from our gardens’ produce. I love that life these days is full of memories of my youth, that in many ways I am working at reliving my younger years in an older and wiser way. I love that I lament little and when I do it is usually about not having the centers of community that I grew up with, no general store, no community center, no blacksmith shop (not kidding, my village had two of them), no local post office, and I love that in lamenting these missing things I am always reliving their presence in my heart.
Today I love that I am planning to throw some mud on some of these walls today, though I still have a lot of taping to do. I love that I’m slow but steady when it comes to jobs I’m not fond of, and I love that I am fussy about them as well. I love that I have done so many things in my life that I have gotten to the point where I see something that needs to be done and I suddenly realize I know how to do that and then invariably I mutter, “Dammit, another thing I need to do.” I love that that usually makes me laugh.
Today I love that the biodiversity of our lawn is absolutely amazing, that there is almost no grass in it at all anymore or at least it looks that way at a casual glance. I love that a neighbor child was out on his lawn yesterday evening, oblivious to the world around him, saying “Please be fireworks tonight. PLEASE be fireworks tonight!” as we walked by and that made me smile more than all the racket of fireworks over the past few days ever could have. I love when children remind me that there is more than one perspective, even when they do it by having only one perspective but one that is different compared to mine.
Today I love drinking coffee on the front, bare foot porch while this Friday slips easily by and … oops, out of coffee, I’ll be right back.