It was inevitable that I became one of them. There was no way to escape it though I tried. I am neck deep. I remember so many smug looks I’ve given to them that break out randomly in song — those spontaneous singers — and now I’m one of them. If you are one (or know one) you know what I’m talking about. . . that moment when you just start singing a song, or words to a made-up tune out of nowhere. And if there’s someone else in the room who is even remotely mature they give you this “you should stop that” look. My husband does this multiple times a day (the singing, not the looks). And before my husband influenced me it was my dad. He would always start singing after a random phrase was said, especially while in the car, and someone would always interject with “We know! There’s a song for everything. . .” with some amount of sarcasm.
Thankfully my moment of initiation didn’t have an audience to give me those looks. I was laying in bed after midnight the other night trying to fall asleep amidst the flurries of thoughts, and out of nowhere Julie Andrews jumped right in and started singing. I have no idea why she happened to stop by — I’m not even a fan of The Sound of Music. I actually don’t think I have even watched the whole movie. . . so I don’t know how that works. But regardless of why, or even how, the next morning I woke up with it still playing in my head. I thought I might as well come out with it all and get it over with. Maybe this way I won’t have to deal with those smug looks I used to be giving. And as a bonus if you don’t know much about me you may learn a few things!
As you read a few of my favorite things below, feel free to feel better about your not-as-weird as I am self imagine me singing them to an incorrect version of A Few of My Favorite Things while waltzing around the kitchen baking gluten and dairy-free brownies. While I don’t really want to admit it, that scene was what made me realize I could no longer give my husband those smug looks.
Babies & willow trees, & camping on the North Shore
Sewing & beading & all things homemade
Fields of trees covered in ice & snow
Scenic water & mountains as the sun sets
Flowers, & succulents, & shades of green, purple, blue and red
Chinese food & chocolate & folding laundry while listening to worship music
Staying up late playing games with family & friends
Skiing over a lake or down a mountain with the breeze rushing by
Playing piano & listening to classical music
Sitting by big lakes & rivers and reading books in the sunshine
The crackling of a fireplace
Watching movies with my dear husband
Freshly swept, mopped, & vacuumed floors
Dressing up for weddings & fun evenings of dancing
Pretty oil paintings & candle lamps
Reading about health stuff & long chats over dinner with friends
Sorry that didn’t rhyme. I suppose I’m better as a player of music, not a writer. On a more serious note, I quickly realized as I was writing this that Maria (I had to google her name) was right when she said “I simply remember a few of my favorite things, and then I don’t feel so bad” because I found myself smiling and generally happier after thinking about all of these things I enjoy — which was greatly needed as it’s March and still the dead of winter and things are seriously dull without the sunshine and walks outside. It made me recall one of my favorite passages (no, really, I’m not just saying its my favorite to keep with the theme):
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, rejoice.
Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
Be careful for nothing, but in every thing by prayer and supplication
let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally Brethren, whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report
if there be any virtue,
and if there be any praise,
think on these things.
Those things, which ye have both learned, and received,
and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
What are a few of your favorite things that you are rejoicing in lately? Do you keep a gratitude journal or do anything else to capture the things in your life that are lovely and praiseworthy? As the days with our dear miss Autumn go by so quickly, I can’t help but think about how many lovely things happen that I won’t remember. So in response to those feelings I’ve been trying to write in a journal. I don’t do it everyday, but some of our loveliest moments I try to capture on the pages so that one day when I am feeling lonely, or sad, or restless, I can think about them and be reminded of all of God’s goodness. Being a mother is so special, isn’t it? I suppose that deserves its own post.