Monday Delights #15: Bicycles, BBQs, Frogs

white and red cavalier king charles spaniel puppy close up photo Photo by Steshka Willems on

This little puppy is a bit of “Kawaii,” because, you know, just looking at cute things can help us feel more positive about each other. Doesn’t he just beg to be loved?

Something is in the air pushes me to focus on DELIGHT this year.

April is National Month of Hope. Mothers In Crisis, Inc. founded National Month of Hope to help spread hope around the world.  I plan to share a quote about hope on the Mondays of April.

As a reminder of what delight can do for us, here’s a bit of inspiration from NPR.

Here’s a few other things that delighted me this week:

Frogs in the water garden: Every spring, Love-One worries that no frogs survived our harsh weather. As we dredge the winter leaves, he rescues polliwogs. I know frogs are still burrowed into the muck below. Sure enough, as the sun warms the rocks, the frogs tentatively wriggle their way out.

Okay, you can’t see any frogs here. This is G-Dad (Loved-One) showing grand-daughters how he can feed the frogs worms. Yes, bu the end of summer, they come right out of the pond and eat out of his hand. It is truly delightful to see.

Bicycle rides: Of all the kinds of exercise, this is my favorite. Wind blowing my hair back, standing on the pedals, I feel like a kid again. I can still ride with one leg out behind me, balancing on one pedal. Gone are the days when I could ride no-handed or put my feet on the handle bars. Maybe, just maybe, if I keep trying, I can do it again. In the meantime, I can still make it up that steep hill at the end of the ride.

BBQ in the backyard: Just the two of us, a couple strips of pork rib and some of that fake hamburger that almost taste like meat. Hardly worth firing up the grill. We rock back in our patio chairs and enjoy the sounds of warm weather. You know, those sounds that you miss all summer long and soon will take for granted: birds chirping, water splashing, lawnmowers whirring, and my favorite, mothers scolding children through newly opened windows. Each sound brings back memories.

Moss growing between the patio bricks delights me, too. I know many people do whatever they can to keep it away. To me it is a sign of the resiliency of life. Delightful!

I hope you find delight this week.

I know it makes me feel better to jot down a few things and remind myself how much delight I have in my life.

I live in a state that has 37% of its population with at least one dose of vaccine. Once we reach 50%, we’ll enter Phase 5 of our reopening. I hope I haven’t forgotten how to live in the pre-pandemic world.

Let’s get the number of vaccinated people up to 80% of the adults.

In the meantime, don’t forget to practice the five Ws:

  • Wear a mask;
  • Watch your distance,
  • Wash your hands, and
  • Work together to overcome hesitancy.
  • And Win this war.

It’s okay to wear your mask, even if those around you are not.

How about you? What absolutely filled you with delight this week? Please share. Chances are you will delight me!