when walking on a path in the park today
i noticed 5 different dogs, with 4 different owners
coming from all directions
lots of jumping and friendly barking
wondering how they would all get along
it was a planned play date
a dog party
so thrilled to see each other
immediately falling into joyful play
just like in one of my very favorite books
go, dog, go!
with the surprise dog party at the end.
(sorry for the too late spoiler alert)
“animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.”
image credit: p.d. eastman, ‘go, dog, go!,” random house publishing
so fun surprising my friend who loved being surprised fully embracing the moment
“the moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. it is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.”
-ashley montagu, british/american anthropologist
one of my grandies saw that a tiny piece of glitter
had made its way
onto a big piece of birthday cake
that had come from
a sealed and wrapped bakery package
“somehow, whenever you are around us, there is always glitter.”
that made me so happy.
“glitter is my makeup of choice.”
right in the midst of all of the holiday hulabaloo
puppy coco is over-joyed.
“christmas is the spirit of love, joy, and peace.”
-lailah g. akita
still not christmas yet?
no, but so close i can feel it.
“a good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours.”
-j. b. priestley
art credit: e. halpin
stopping by this amazing wonderland of a store
was like stepping right into willie wonka’s factory
all joy and color
sweets of every kind and shape and size
old favorites, new delightful unusual treats
happiest place in town
nothing was impossible.
“Mr. Willy Wonka can make marshmallows that taste of violets, and rich caramels that change color every ten seconds as you suck them, and little feathery sweets that melt away deliciously the moment you put them between your lips. He can make chewing-gum that never loses its taste, and sugar balloons that you can blow up to enormous sizes before you pop them with a pin and gobble them up. And, by a most secret method, he can make lovely blue birds’ eggs with black spots on them, and when you put one of these in your mouth, it gradually gets smaller and smaller until suddenly there is nothing left except a tiny little dark red sugary baby bird sitting on the tip of your tongue.”
-Roald Dahl, ‘Charlie And The Chocolate Factory’.
out for a family stroll
“walking is the perfect way of moving if you want to see into the life of things.
it is the one way of freedom.
if you go to a place on anything but your own feet
you are taken there too fast,
and miss a thousand delicate joys
that were waiting for you by the wayside. “
-elizabeth von arnim
the six-pack is back — bouncing grandies.
“joy acts like a trampoline, everything that touches it bouncing right back off of it.”
after my recent post about those who ‘keep boxes’
my longtime friend, a brilliant apple systems engineer
texted this mind-blowing response to me:
“thought you might like to know that the apple engineers designed the iphone box
so that the amount of time it takes to lift the top off is 4 seconds –
just because their research showed
that it was the amount of anticipation that gave the recipient the most joy”
“i have drunken deep of joy, and I will taste no other wine tonight.”
― Percy Bysshe Shelley
free movie night at campus martius park in detroit
safe, distanced, well-planned
the little one soon had her own plan
she moved right up front by the screen
laughing, dancing, twirling
throwing spells along with elsa from ‘frozen 2’
until she became a part of the movie.
“true enthusiasm is a fine feeling whose flash I admire wherever I see it.”