Thursday, February 14, 2013
Happy (on) Valentine's Day
Things that have made me happy lately:
Crocuses pushing up cheerily through the leaf mulch . . . if ever there were a declaration of winter changing to spring, this is it! Makes me think of a poem by Louise Glück that I'll have to hunt out now . . .
A dolphin sighting (white-sided dolphins on the starboard side of the vessel, came the announcement) on a recent BC Ferries crossing to Horseshoe Bay. . . .
My 18-year old nephew Facebook-messaging me that I should "make sure to read Granny [my Mom] some poems from her Tennyson book" because I'd be amazed, as he was, to find out how much she could recite along with me, from memory.
Getting off the 5:10 ferry when it's still light enough to see my way as I cycle. Indeed, it's light enough at 5:30 to sit with my tea and enjoy the view. . . . spring's longer days are on their way . . . .
Checking my cell to find a text message from my daughter with another charming photo of my little granddaughter Harriet. . . baby smiles make anyone happy!
My Mom, who had quite forgotten about Gavin reading Tennyson to her, happily chiming in at her favourites parts as I read her "The Lady of Shalott" -- memory is complicated, isn't it?
The silky soft whiteness of my Mom's hair . . . wonderful in a very different way from a newborn's sweet-smelling pate, but hinting at the magic of the margins nonetheless . . .
And you, my lovely readers, you and your supportive, warm, encouraging comments. You make me very happy each and every day. Je vous souhaite a great big Valentine. Merci, merci!
And what about you? Where's your Happiness Quotient at these days?