"Such a wealth of the power of communicating happiness..." ~ Jane Eyre
As a child, I remember my mother coming home from a tag sale with my father and giving my sisters and I a book each. They were all different variations of the Happiness books that Charles Schultz wrote featuring his Peanuts characters. She inscribed each one to us.
Yesterday I rather enjoyed myself as I helped my sister Missy and our cousin Allie hold a garage sale. We had some items we didn't need anymore. Though we didn't sell a great deal, we had a great time being outdoors together, drinking coffee, eating oatmeal raisin coconut cookies, and enjoying each others' company. Jack visited for a little while (my mother sat him yesterday) and refused to let go of a big red leaf my mother had showed him early on in their walk. The beauty of a close family is that you never need an excuse to celebrate or to be together. So last night we had a big family dinner at Missy's with Allie's family and my parents.
I had volunteered early on that day to cook for everyone. It is rare I get to prepare a meal for a large group; happiness is cooking for more than one person! I had fun at the Italian market with my brother-in-law; food shopping with him is always fun. Last night I made tri colore baked ziti and sausage and peppers for everyone. Allie made dessert - a gingerbread cake. It was so delicious topped with coffee ice cream. I could not get over how well the coffee flavor complimented the gingerbread.
I started thinking about my own variation of the Happiness lists. So here it is. I hope that those who leave comments for this post will do so in the form of their own "Happiness is..." I would really enjoy reading them!
~ A warm rottweiler puppy
~ Wearing a new hoodie sweatshirt on an Autumn day
~ One's 16 month old nephew insisting that he feed his aunt a Cheerio after his aunt feeds him a Cheerio
~ Opening up a new book and cracking its spine
~ Finishing a New York Times crossword puzzle on a Wednesday
~ Drinking kona coffee
~ Hearing the clink of wine glasses being set on a dinner table
~ Eating Dee's matzoh ball soup
~ The sound of New York City on any given night as you walk down one of her streets
~ Looking at old photographs of one's grandparents
~ Spending hours procrastinating as one peruses possible dresses to wear as a maid of honor
~ Taking a chocolate scented bath
~ Sitting in the upper deck at Yankee Stadium
~ Sitting by a fireplace on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
~ Lying on the beach all day with a good book
~ Finishing a stack of papers that needed to be graded
~ The smell of the lotion after one's hands were placed in a hot towel when one goes to get a manicure
~ Sleeping past 6 0'clock in the morning
~ Loving one's car so much that one wishes one could sleep in it sometimes
~ Purchasing new makeup at a counter
~ Having naturally curly hair
~ Taking warm clothes out of the dryer
~ Picking out a Christmas tree
~ Viewing any episode of Sex and the City
~ Knowing velvet blazers never go out of style
~ Lighting tealights all over one's home
~ Re-reading Jane Eyre for the ninth time