These are some of the things that, while not huge, make me happy. I try to be mindful of all the simple pleasures life has to offer, but there are simply too many!
1. Finding the perfect parking spot. It is a pleasure not to have to drive around a crowded parking lot or worse, a crowded parking ramp. Sometimes the perfect spot is just waiting for me to arrive, and it makes me smile when that happens.
2. The HOV lane on a busy morning. I’m not a morning person, and budgeting my time is not my greatest strength (those of you who know me personally can stop snorting now). That being said, sometimes, very occasionally, we leave the house slightly later than we perhaps ought to. On those mornings, when the right three lanes are crawling, I’m grateful for the HOV (or carpool) lane on the left. It moves along swiftly so I can get my son to school, then myself to work, on time. Of course on the days I don’t have him I’m in the other three lanes with the rest of the suckers, so that leads me to the number 3.
3. Sharing part of my commute with my son. On most days we ride together to and from school, and I really enjoy and appreciate the time we get to spend together, one on one. We may not have a deep conversation, but that’s okay. Just being together is good.
4. I’m thankful each and every time my car starts and takes me from place to place safely. It has about 123,000 miles on it, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will get many more before it earns its retirement. Hey, it’s a terrific car, and it’s paid for!
5. Singing along to the car radio makes me happy. I don’t pick the songs, they just show up, and they sometimes surprise and delight me. I’m not shy about singing along, even though I have a lousy singing voice. I turn it up loud enough so I blend in (at least in my mind). If I’m going to be stuck in traffic, I might as well enjoy it.
December 11, 2013 at 6:55 am
I’m always happy too, when I’m back at home with our ole elephant skater. I just checked the odometer: we have 253.000 km on it (~ 157.206miles) I’m not sure if I’m brave enough to give it in payment once , bet every car dealer gets a heart attack :o)
December 11, 2013 at 8:03 am
I dread having to replace it. I hope yours and mine both keep going for many more miles and/or kilometers!
December 11, 2013 at 8:23 am
This is a wonderful post to read to start my day =) I need to stop and be thankful and grateful for the simple and small things in life, such as having a car to get me to and from places. It’s hard b/c I see so many wishlist posts and all I can think about is what I want from Santa. lol. This post brought me back down to realize I already have more than enough.
December 11, 2013 at 8:39 am
It’s easy to lose sight of what we have sometimes. 🙂
December 11, 2013 at 8:26 am
It really is the little things!
December 11, 2013 at 8:40 am
Sure it, and I guess a car really isn’t that little after all, is it?
December 11, 2013 at 9:31 am
Sigh…a sign of our entitled society that I take a car as a given. 😦
December 11, 2013 at 10:03 am
A handy parking space. Bliss.
December 11, 2013 at 10:11 am
December 11, 2013 at 1:59 pm
What a great post! Sometimes simple pleasures are the best!
December 11, 2013 at 2:18 pm
December 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm
I loved riding in the car with my mom to and from high school. I loved that she was able to take me and that I didn’t have to ride the bus. But most of all I loved stopping at Dairy Queen for a lime-aid after track practice. My mom was so sweet to take me almost everyday for that little treat. I look forward to many car rides with my boys, too. Thanks for bringing those memories up for me 🙂
December 11, 2013 at 3:20 pm
What a sweet memory. Glad to have triggered it for you. 🙂
December 16, 2013 at 11:54 pm
BB, I love your lists! T
December 17, 2013 at 5:38 am
Thanks. They help keep me focused on the good things in life, and there are so many! 🙂