Favorite Things

When we hear the song, “A Few of My Favorite Things,” we think of winter and Christmas time or the musical, Sound of Music. But today, I’m feeling a little blue, so I’ve made a list of my favorite things to lift my spirits. I have so much to be thankful for, but I tend to forget them when I’m feeling sorry for myself for being alone during this pandemic and my isolation. Maybe your list is like mine. Maybe you have other “favorite things” you could add. Please do, and maybe we’ll all feel a little better.

Here we go.

New carpet that is now paid for, Sidewalks for taking daily walks, Radio show called Sunday Baroque, Brass quintets, Barbershop quartettes, Flute music, Piano music, Ragtime style of music, Really good hot chocolate, Bourbon and Coke, A clean joke, Laughter at my joke, Bright sunshine in winter, Fluffy snow, A bike ride with friends, A conversation in the hot tub, A surprise ending in a story, A snuggly puppy sleeping in my lap, Hot Fudge Sundaes, Listening to pouring rain from inside the house, The songs of a mockingbird, A snoring dog, A purring cat, Clean sheets, My fluffy warm coat, Shoes that don’t hurt, A hug from a special man, The word Grammie from the lips of a granddaughter, A compliment from my daughter, A helping hand from my son, New dresses in my closet, A decluttered closet,

And the list goes on—the aroma of baking bread sizzling bacon, new-fallen snow on a quiet night… . Did you feel a little better after you thought of your favorite things? I hope so.

Mary Hiland

Author of

The Bumpy Road to Assisted Living: a Daughter’s Memoir

And

Insight Out: One Blind Woman’s View of Her Life

Available at www.dldbooks.com/maryhiland

www.seeingitmyway.com

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