The Passage des perles will be shuttered from today through the month of August, when I'll retreat, read and travel. I'll return Sept. 7, and look forward to catching up with you.
I read that you'll be happier as you age in proportion to your ability to enjoy the simplest things.
The delight provided by small pleasures returns each time I enjoy:
A yard full of lilac bushes
The smell of cedar
Our cat, sleeping with his paw over his eyes
Then there is this look on babies, the six-to-ten-month olds, experiencing their first brilliant summer.
They gaze up from their prams, blinking, free of shoes, tiny hands curling and stretching in the sun, as if to say, "You mean there's this?"
Neil Pashrika's book "The Book of Awesome" and his web site, 1000awesomethings.com collects such simple pleasure experiences: the smell of books, popping bubble wrap, seeing somebody laugh in their sleep, bakery air, when characters in a movie visit a place you know.
I don't agree with all of them (Broccoflower? Cheesy theme songs from '80s sitcoms?) But whatever butters your biscuit, baby.
What are some of yours?
I will read them avidly; then I'm off! Sincere thanks to all for reading and commenting, and enjoy the summer, season of breezes, blossoms and lemonade.