Monday Delights #22: Helpers, Blossoms, Friends

Today is Memorial Day, so instead of the usual cute animal with big eyes. I offer this photo of grandchildren at a Memorial Day parade. It’s cute enough to make anyone smile.

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:

Springtime blossoms: OMGoodness. Every day I see something new. Yesterday, as I drove along, I thought how just a week ago we had frost. A month ago the trees were bare. Now everything is green and every day brings a new color for my eyes and heart to delight.

I don’t even remember what these are called. Aren’t they delightful?

Yard helpers: Mr. R1 and Mr. R2 both want to help with yard work this year. Yes, part of that is to earn a bit of pocket money. Still, I delight in their company. And working side-by-side is a wonderful way to listen without an agenda. I love, love, love hearing the thoughts of a 14-year old boy.

Friends Reunion: I’m not sure why Love-One and I found this so delightful. We weren’t avid “Friends” watchers. (We did Love the British comedy, “Coupling” that inspired it.) Still, together we delighted in the reunion. We even watched all the out-takes. The reunion left out my favorite episode. The one with the turkey on the head. Maybe this will delight you, too.

The more I look for things that delight me, the more I seem delighted. There’s so much in the world that makes me smile.

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.

Enjoy your holiday weekend. If you remember, it’s traditional to pause at 3:00 for a moment of silence to remember those who gave their lives for our country.

My state now has almost 55% 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.

I hope this week brings you delight upon delight.

Please share. Chances are you will delight me!