Not What I Planned

Each day has its own rhythm during this time of quarantine and social distancing. My activity is often dictated by what day it is.

Tuesdays are the day I go to Sam’s Club to restock my fruits and vegetable supplies because that is one of their senior days. Usually, I do my walk, sip my coffee, check email, and watch the first half hour of the Today Show. I wear yesterday’s clothes to make this quick run to the store.

I arrive at the store about 8:00 and I am out in less than thirty minutes. It’s not crowded so I can move through quickly gathering the items from my list.

After returning home and storing the items, I select clean clothes to put on after my shower. The clothes worn to the store are placed in the laundry basket. Life moves on in this simple rhythm until . . .

I turn on the shower and the handle breaks off. This handle was turned all the way to the left to bring the hot water quickly. I knew I only had a short time before the water would become scalding. Quickly, I shoved it back on and turned. That did nothing. I tried again and again, with the same result. Panic began to set in. I did not know how to turn off the water to the shower! I tried to adjust the shower head, so I could escape the shower. (The shower head is aimed directly at the door.) I got out as fast as I could.

Unfortunately, my husband was out on a bike ride, but I needed help immediately! Fortunately, my cell phone was on the vanity because it had been in my shorts. I called our neighbor (probably sounding like a maniac) begging for help in shutting off the water line.

Quickly I threw on some clothes and met him out at the water meter in the yard. He was able to shut off our water. Thank goodness!

My husband, dripping in sweat, found us in the bathroom trying to figure out what happened and how to make the repair. As we problem solved, we determined we needed a plumber. Thankfully, we have a heat, air, plumbing company that we consistently use and they assured us help would be coming. Within a half hour the owner of the company came because all his men were in the middle of jobs. He would give us a temporary fix. Relief!

Unfortunately, the temporary fix lasted about fifteen minutes and we had to turn the water off again. Fortunately, the plumber called within the hour and had our shower head and handle repaired in no time.

By 1:00 life was back to the quiet rhythm of a usual Tuesday.

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A Bite of Delight

The weather report said: 5:00 a.m. stormy; 6:00 a.m. stormy; 7:00 a.m. stormy. As I closed my eyes and settled in for the night, I gave a satisfied sigh knowing I would not have to be up and out the door for my walk.

With that knowledge, I ended up sleeping forty-five minutes beyond my usual time. Imagine my surprise to see the daylight, but no precipitation. As I sipped my iced coffee, I listened to the weatherman assure me rain was coming.

Just as I thinking about changing into my walking clothes, I got an offer I couldn’t refuse. Instead of walking clothes, I quickly pulled on shorts and a shirt and joined my husband in the car. We were headed to a spot downtown hoping to score an almond croissant.

A few raindrops speckled the windshield, so I grabbed the umbrella as I headed into the European Café. Ah-ha! There were four almond croissants on the counter. I claimed half of them and added two quiches (for lunch) to my order. No need to open the umbrella as I met up with my husband.

Clouds were gathering, but I thought perhaps I should walk before consuming this

Quickly I put on my walking clothes. My steps might have been a little quicker knowing the treat that waited for me. Looking ahead I saw

this threatening cloud. It looked like I might get wet, but I continued on. So glad I did because I got a glimpse of delight

waiting for a birthday girl.

The threatening cloud evaporated by the time I returned home. I cooled down, then savored every bite of the almond croissant. As I glanced out the window, I noticed the patio was wet. There was just enough rain to make everything damp. That was the extent of our “stormy” morning.

I hope there’s another bite of delight in my future.

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Delight

What delights you? First, let’s get agree to use dictionary.com as the source of our definition. It defines delight as a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; joy; rapture. So back to the first question, what delights you? Do you think you could find a moment of delight in every day?

This is the reason I am thinking about the word delight. I have been reading this book slowly. Just a few essays a day.

In the preface Ross Gay explains one day he was feeling delighted felt compelled to wonder about and share that delight. He decided to write a delight every day for a year. He created rules: draft quickly and write by hand. He did skip a few days. He said,

“It didn’t take me long to learn that the discipline or practice of writing these essays occasioned a kind of delight radar. Or maybe it was more like the development of a delight muscle. Something that implies that the more you study delight, the more delight there is to study. I also learned this year that my delight grows – much like love and joy – when I share it.”

I want to develop that delight muscle. I want to look for moments of joy and high pleasure and savor them in the day. Here are a few delights I have experienced this week:

  • Cooler temperatures, lower humidity that allowed me to sit on my patio reading the afternoon away.
  • The drive-up window at our library to collect the books I can request on-line.
  • Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know by Samira Ahmed allowed me to revisit Paris while learning more about Alexandre Dumas.
  • I didn’t have to cook dinner because a food truck came to our neighborhood
  • A small dish of ice cream in the evening (lately it’s been vanilla swiss almond)
  • Several new recipes were tried and deemed tasty. They will be made again.
  • The cooler weather meant I could wait until later to walk, so I enjoyed sleeping a little later, waking up slowly, and sipping my iced coffee before stepping out into sunshine but yet coolness.

So have you thought of any delights? If so, share them in the comments.