Seriously though. You start off the day with this big long list of things you need to get done. Send out emails, clean up a little, get some homework done, run by the bank. Throughout the day you vacuum here, write up a paper there, break for lunch, get back to work. Then by the end of the day you look at your list and see all the little check marks of success. And you look back on your day, and think back to what each one of those little checks represents. How productive you’ve been, how accomplished you now feel. And then you can feel fully justified spending the next day sprawled out on the couch watching Disney movies.
2. When I actually know all the words to that song stuck in my head. Then it’s everyone else who gets annoyed, instead of me :)
Am I the only one this happens to? You get a tune stuck in your head, start humming along as you prepare your breakfast of chocolate milk and cherry poptarts. Realize you sang this song just yesterday at church. The situation naturally progresses, and you want to sing along to the tune in your head. “Build your kingdom here! Hmm hmm atmosphere. Hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm. Hmm hmm hmm hmm hmmmmmm, we pray!” Only knowing every third line gets to be so upsetting.
3. That first bite of warm, thick, delicious chocolate brownie that reminds me that all is not lost with the world.
Chocolate in general is just amazing, really. So creamy and sugary and delicious. You’ve got chocolate chip cookies, chocolate pudding, chocolate ice cream, chocolate candy bars. You can pair chocolate with caramel, peanut butter, mint, wafers, vanilla, fruit, marshmallows and graham crackers. It just has so many wonderful uses. Can you imagine the world without chocolate? It would be such a sadder place.
4. Sitting inside on a cold day with a blanket wrapped around me and a kitty on my lap.
It’s been a long day. Not only did you have to bundle up into innumerable layers just to make it from the front door to your car without coming down with frostbite, but it just so happens that your classes today range from Cherry Hall on top of the hill to Ransdell way down at the bottom. The snow lost its appeal after you stopped being able to feel your fingers, and you feel like you can hardly regain some semblance of warmth before it’s time to battle the elements again. But finally the day ends. You make your final trek the ten feet from the car back to the door and begin shedding those layers that utterly failed at protecting you from the biting wind. Change into your warm, dry footy pajamas and cozy up on the couch, multiple blankets wrapped around you with one hand just poking out of your toasty cave to turn on Doctor Who. The cat, seeing the heat now radiating from your camp on the couch, jumps up beside you, turns around a few times for good measure, and sits down on your lap to contribute to your thawing, purring all the while. Ahh, the bliss.
5. Children. Just all the children.
Little babies that want you to pick them up and play with them. Fifth graders who are approaching that stage where they think they’re too cool for fun, but every once in a while you can see that smile they just can’t suppress when you start belting “What does the fox say?” in the hallway. Seven-year-olds who just met you but already love you and want you to stay forever. Toddlers who tell you not to tickle them and then put your hand back on their tummies. So much cute I don’t understand how the entire adult population doesn’t just explode from overexposure on a regular basis.
Not sleeping at a sleepover because we’re too busy debating whether diarrhea or constipation is the worse bowel ailment. Bursting into song at random intervals. Just waiting to pounce with the perfect Les Mis quote to bring on All The Feels. Starting the blog back up so we all stay in touch, even when none of us are in the same place anymore. Knowing that no matter where we are, from China to Amsterdam to D.C. or Columbus, we can still meet up and carry on like we just saw each other yesterday in AP English.
What makes you smile?
(In case you hadn’t figured that out)