Every once in a while, I find it helpful to make a list of what is saving my life – from the small daily things to the big, soul-affirming stuff. As we make our way through April, here’s what’s saving my life these days:
- Daily chitchat with the folks at Darwin’s, who provide spicy chai, delicious lunches and cookies, and excellent conversation about everything from pickles to music to childhood memories.
- Tulips from my local florist, perched on the corner of my dining-room table. (Also, daffodils on my friend Amy’s table, above.)
- Poetry from Veronica Patterson and Naomi Shihab Nye.
- Running into people I know in Harvard Square and realizing all over again: this is my neighborhood.
- The Sunday #FlowerReport on Twitter, hosted by my friend Alyssa. (Photos of gorgeous spring flowers from all over the place.)
- Sarcastic asides from my co-workers. (Sometimes a little snark can save the day.)
- Weekly phone calls with my mom, and reports on my three-year-old nephew’s T-ball games.
- Frosted lemon cookies, flaky Scottish scones and whatever else I feel like baking.
- Good books. (Recent favorites include Stir, The Enchanted April and Under a Painted Sky.)
- Budding trees and blooming flowers – many of which I photograph for the #FlowerReport.
- The views from my sixth-floor office in Harvard Square.
- Striped dresses and black leggings with my favorite green coat. Rinse and repeat. (See also: not overthinking it.)
- A couple of blue-sky, open-window days.
- Eating my lunch outside, when I can, preferably on the south porch of Mem Church.
- Several much-needed catch-up sessions with friends: book club, lunch dates, cups of tea.
- The dim glow of the over-the-stove light in my kitchen, which makes it look so cozy late at night.
- Holding hands with my husband before we fall asleep.
- Texts from my sister and a couple of dear friends.
What’s saving your life these days? I’d really like to know.