So this is by no means a comprehensive list. And it’s also in no particular order but, as far as I’m concerned, these are some of the best things in life.
10.) Kittens – There’s just something about their giant heads on their tiny little bodies and their warm, milk-swollen tummies, and their little meows and purrs that just get me.
Morrighan as a wee little kittenfish.
9.) Watching kids learn and make connections about the world. There is something so magical to me about watching a child learn things, and make connections to the world. And language development is just fascinating to me.
Romina checking out Aunt Bron’s glasses.
8.) Cwtching – It’s Welsh for cuddling or snuggling, but it’s always seemed like more than that to me. Maybe it’s just the memories I have associated with cwtching up with my mom or my gram or my kids or the hubby, but it’s warmth and comfort and love and everything.
7.) Finding your people – I’ve always been insanely lucky when it comes to friends–well, mostly – lol. I know this will sound all kinds of hippie-dippy, but unless you’re really new here, that shouldn’t be a surprise. But I love when you meet people and there’s a sense of soul recognizing soul. And it’s not that you’re exactly alike or anything, but there’s this amazing connection, and it’s beautiful and intense and I’ve experienced it with people I may never meet in person (though, I hope I do!) and it’s incredibly powerful. My amazing friends, online and IRL, are the very best, and I’m grateful for them.
6.) Laughing until your stomach and face hurt – Related to finding your people is laughing until you have tears streaming down your face, you can’t breathe, and everything hurts. It’s the fucking best. Between my siblings and my friends, I get to do this a lot. Maybe more than is healthy.
5.) The clacking of knitting needles – This sound–particularly with aluminum needles is one of the best things ever. It’s the sound of love and comfort and family. I’ve fallen asleep so many times to the sound of my gram and mom knitting, and it’s just the most soothing thing in the world.
4.) Family and unconditional love – I know that not everyone has this, and that breaks my heart. My family is by no means perfect, and some days we may even be a bit of a train wreck, but I have never ever in my entire life doubted that they loved me. That’s the kind of love that I hope my kids and nieces and nephews move forward with. I hope they never doubt that we will always be there for them.
3.) Autumn – Hand knit sweaters, painfully blue skies, odd light, changing colors, the sharpness of cold and the spicy-sweet scent of decaying leaves and harvested crops are nothing short of magical.
2.) Spring – New growth, plants pushing through the dirt, warm spring rain and pewter-colored skies, sunshine and sweetly scenting violets and lilacs I love it all.
1.) Finishing writing a book – That feeling is honestly indescribable. But I fucking love it, and I can’t wait to do it again!
Bonus Item.) Orgasms – I think this one is pretty damn self-explanatory!
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