Monday Delights #20: Writers, Beginner Band, Siri jokes

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Here’s a bit of “Kawaii.” Bunnies warm my heart. Just looking at cute things can help us feel more positive about each other and these two surely warmed my heart strings.

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

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Created by Mental Health America started the awareness campaign in 1949 to provide Americans with tools and resources as part of their outreach program to improve mental health.This year the Theme is “You are not alone.”

What a fitting theme following a year of such aloneness for everyone. I think most of us can relate.

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

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

Connecting to other writers: I’m a member of IWOC. Once a month we get together to support each other. I so look forward to zooming with my friends. I forgot how much I miss them. And…We just might be getting together in August for real. August is the month we usually get together for a night of glad-handing, revelry, and feasting on Greek food. I especially delight in seeing my old friend George, who welcomed me into the fold nearly five years ago.

Back in the day…When we could gather without a care.

Beginner Band Concerts: I loved watching Mr. C play for the first time for an audience. Mask up when not playing, mask down when the trumpet blares. Then the bells. Little heads nodding in time to the conductor, picking up and flicking the bells in serious concentration. So delightful.

Siri Jokes: Or Alexa. For some reason, their simple jokes almost always bring a smile to my face.

How do you make a tissue dance?

Put a little boogie in it.

(Siri joke)

Okay, that’s also brought a little gag reflex, too. But, Mr. C found it very funny. His giggle added to my delight.

I hope you find delight this week.

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

My state now has almost 51% of its population with at least one dose of vaccine. We are now officially in the bridge portion of Phase 5, “Illinois Restored.” I hope we know enough to stay safe until we get through this final lap.

We’re in the final battles. At least in this country. We have a ways to go for the world to get there.

This past week the CDC came out with new guidance that allow vaccinated people to go maskless in most situations.

On one hand that feels good. On the other, it feels a bit like I’m being asked to drive around without my seatbelt and to entirely depend on the airbags to protect me.

It’s okay to keep wearing a mask. In most environments anyways. Not only did I stay COVID-free, but I didn’t get the flu or even a cold. Maybe masks will be my new norm.

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