Wednesday, November 21, 2007

a perfect day

Today was a perfect day.

What made it perfect? Well, warmth (in the 70's on November 21st) didn't hurt. The sun was shining. There was a nice comfortable breeze. There were (still) colorful leaves on the trees, so the hills were lovely to look at. It was an "academic holiday" so I didn't have to go into the college, no scheduled classes.

However, what really made it a perfect day was that John (my husband) and I got to spend the majority of the day together -- not in separate rooms of the house attached to our computers, but together -- working on family activities.

Last week one night some one backed a vehicle (presumably a large truck) over our mail box, bent the post almost to the ground tearing the box off the top of the post. So today was slated as replace the mail box day. We had to find all the tools, figure out the directions, sink the post, fix in concrete, attach the box to the post, etc. I imagine that some one who actually knew what they were doing could accomplish this in under an hour. It took us two hours -- but then we had to stop and give directions to guy delivering our water bottles (new driver on the route), and explain to a curious neighbor what had happened to the mail box. It was pleasant outside, and even more pleasant to be working together, so we weren't in any hurry. At the end we had a handsome mailbox, proudly standing at the edge of the yard -- until the next person tries to turn around a too large vehicle in the dark and backs over it.

Afterwards we decided to go out and have breakfast for early supper at the Pine Mountain Grill in Whitesburg, and then on to the Food City to select foods for our newly traditional vegetarian lasagna for Thanksgiving. We don't do grocery shopping together very often which is too bad, because it is really a pleasure.

Back home, we wound up the day watching Jeopardy! and a few situation comedies. In all, a perfect day. A very ordinary day, but a perfect day.

I realized a few years back that I like many other people have a tendency to think only about the unusual or extraordinary days as special, and vowed to change. I decided to make sure to notice all the really great, perfect days, ordinary days. The more I paid attention, the more really great days, perfect days I discovered.

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