Isn’t it amazing how the simplest things can make the biggest difference to our moods.
On Saturday I woke up feeling down but was determined to shake the mood. I’d read about an orchard of spectacular cherry blossoms in a neighboring suburb so I suggested to hubbs we take a drive to check them out. Unfortunately the blossoms that bloomed so profusely this time last year were barely a whisper now. We opted instead to stop at a local cafe.
A sideways glance and smile while enjoying our coffee lead us to meeting a local character by the name of Albert. He was holding a painting of a framed heart, one he had crafted himself. He was by his own words a “wannabe artist”, an ex-Head of English Department at a local school. Perhaps he was lonely but it was obvious he wanted to talk and he engaged us in his life story which lasted almost the entire time we were there.
We left at the same time. Outside we continued talking and when I told him I was a writer he was thrilled. He extended an invitation to visit and offered us his art piece, which we politely declined, offering instead to photograph it and share it. He even blessed us.
So here it is, with Albert proudly holding it up.
He left us spellbound and speechless, a charming and lovable character who deeply affected me and I couldn’t wipe the smile from my face all morning.
He said that we made his morning but I think he made mine. All because we smiled at him.
Then on Saturday night we were driving home when we spotted the fireworks.
It was unexpected and totally spontaneous. A small town carnival with fireworks happening just as we passed through. We stopped the car and I snapped these photos with my phone as it bucketed down outside the car. It was a dazzling end to the day.
Then on Sunday afternoon I chased away the blues that have held me captive all week and danced my socks off at a nearby pub to The Boogaloos. It was just what I needed. For a few hours there was nothing but music and pure feel good energy.
As we enter a new week may we all find joy in people and moments around us. Let’s reach out and touch someone, smile at a stranger, find joy in the ordinary, enjoy some music and add some spark and spontaneity to our life.
Wishing you smiles, love and laughter as we continue the journey.
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