Happiness spills over. We went to a favorite restaurant of mine for my birthday. Our table by the window looked out on the garden, and on beyond that is the small airport. A helicopter did touch and go landings. Then a wedding party paraded through the restaurant. The young couple got married in the garden as we ate inside. Next, a party of 10 or so arrived and sat next to our table. The young girl in a raspberry-pink dress and sparkly shoes ran around greeting the food servers. Everyone knew everyone. We figured this was the owner’s family having dinner. And finally, the wedding party moved inside and the garden was redecorated for a 40th birthday celebration. Somehow all the happiness around us spilled over and our evening’s joy was greater because we were surrounded by smiling, lovely people.
Surprises. This birthday brought some sweet surprises. A package from my daughter with a gift card to Anthropologie. I would gladly live in that store. My coworkers gave me a gift card and surprised me with a bouquet of roses. Then midday Saturday a man came to the door. He held out a package from Edible Arrangements — a box of chocolate-covered strawberries, a gift from my son and his family. These unexpected gifts brought fun, color, and flavor!
Perseverance. Two piano students in a row showed up feeling under the weather. They both assured me they weren’t contagious. But I figured they would rather be at home resting. One laid his head down on the piano keys at one point. They showed up, though, and they played their songs. Woody Allen said, “Eighty percent of success in life is showing up.” I admire these students who soldiered on. They inspire me.
Friend time. One of my long-time friends and I had dinner this week. Over cashew chicken we caught up on the last several months of life — a wedding, surgeries, work, family crises. We laughed. We asked each other for advice. Conversation crisscrossed from wedding attire to Downton Abbey. Life is good when you can be yourself with a friend who cares.
Summer reading. I’m reading Daniel Silva’s new book, The English Girl. What a page-turner! I’ve read Silva’s previous 12 books and this one is another fine adventure. Set in France, London, and Israel, this thriller is intelligent and well written. I highly recommend it.
So how about you? What’s happening in your corner of the world?
Linking up with Random 5 Friday. The photo of one of the roses from my bouquet is edited with Nancy’s texture Argo.