Category Archives: joy

glitter not bitter.

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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

and noted:

“somehow, whenever you are around us, there is always glitter.”

that made me so happy.

 

“glitter is my makeup of choice.”

-kesha

wonderland.

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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’.

 

a thousand delicate joys.

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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

more about boxes – joy edition.

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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

 

 

enthusiasm 2.

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free movie night at campus martius park in detroit

safe, distanced, well-planned

the little one soon had her own plan

 drawn in

she moved right up front by the screen

enthralled

 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.”

-charlotte bronte