Read a book. Hiked a mini mountain. Two over easy eggs oozed over shredded potatoes.
Beer courted lemonade.
Words worked this afternoon.
Sore legs pulsed.
Cold water cascaded, kissing scalps while mixing with shampoo bubbles.
Sleep tickled eyelids.
Sometimes the ordinary feels magical.
In the sparkles, I feel unbearably grateful for peace.
Sunday nights can be challenging for my grief. It’s as if the world pauses before launching in to another week and I miss him. Sunday night dinners forever changed. This week was National Doughnut Day and I ate my plain cake doughnut with chocolate sprinkles (Thanks Jana!) and with every swallow wished I could text Dad to say, “Look what I’m eating.” Instead, I pinched the last morsel of my treat and licked my fingers, saying a silent hello to him at the counter in our workplace kitchen.
Yet, tonight, on this cloudy cool evening with my dog at my feet and my husband fixing our fence I am so grateful I could cry.
Happy tears. Peaceful tears. Nostalgic tears.
Deep breaths. Sigh. Whisper thank you. Repeat.
These ordinary sparkles. They glitter and dance shaping this new version of me. Different body, strengthened heart, gold filling the cracks.
We’re moving forward with strength into the second half of another year.
Time for sleep.
Listen to this before you go to bed.
She’s won my heart.