A Few of My Favorite Things

Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things.

“My Favorite Things”, Julie Andrews

When I watched “The Sound of Music” at age seven, I was immediately smitten with the storyline, and especially this song. This song can warm you from the inside out – a hot bowl of chicken soup on a rainy day (or in the movie’s case, a torrential thunderstorm). My mom and I both memorized the lyrics and we would have singing marathons together – ah, those were the days! Recently I have caught myself humming the tune and was struck with a sudden idea. I thought I would share with you a few of my favorite things.

So, without further ado, here we are:

  • Vibrant red lipstick and retro sunglasses.
  • Collecting seashells along the seashore.
  • Arriving home to an immaculately clean house.
  • Eating ripe, honey-sweet blackberries straight from the tree.
  • The scent of old books.
  • Drawing a bath and splashing around in the tub all the while pretending I am a mermaid.
  • Being able to give someone a present they have always wanted.
  • Beginner’s luck.
  • Pizza, wings, fries, and superhero movie night.
  • Laughing and joking with a group of close-knit friends.
  • Impromptu trips to the zoo and aquarium.
  • Haircuts that make me feel like a movie star about to make a grand entrance at the Academy Awards.
  • Drawing something flawlessly on the first try.
  • Being given flower bouquets and chocolates from loved ones for absolutely no reason.
  • Ocean waves roaring and collapsing onto sandy shores.
  • Musicals and theatrical performances.
  • Jewel-colored butterflies fluttering among bright flowers.
  • Somehow coming in at first place playing Mario Kart after having been stuck in twelfth the whole time.
  • Grinding my own special spice mixes for chai.
  • That moment after finishing something difficult successfully.
  • Beautiful stationery that I use mainly for decorative purposes.
  • Zen garden ponds filled with lotus and koi.
  • Finding something I thought I had lost.
  • Fresh toast smeared with butter and strawberry jam, served up with a delicious veggie omelette.
  • Melodies of koels as they gently sing me awake at dawn.
  • Discovering that something on my wish list has gone on sale.
  • Old Disney VHS tapes.
  • Eating spoonfuls of Nutella straight out of the jar.
  • Jazz softly playing in the background of a classy restaurant.
  • Taking dry laundry out of the dryer and inhaling the fragrance of warm, clean clothes.
  • Tastefully decorated homes and gardens.
  • Food carts scattered through the streets of busy cities, serving tasty food just when I am hungriest.
  • Cats.
  • My heart skipping a beat (or several) at the pinnacle of a roller coaster.
  • Perfectly applied nail polish.
  • Cotton candy and churros at a local carnival.
  • Origami cranes made of ornate patterned paper.
  • Sunshine-y days with a side of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream.
  • Reading the last page of a wonderful novel and breathing a simultaneously sad/happy sigh.
  • Candlelight flickering on the table top, spreading floral aroma through the room.
  • Spritzing a perfume that smells just right on my skin.
  • Rereading old childhood classics and remembering why I fell in love with them in the first place.
  • Having a good night’s rest after a day of working hard.
  • Wearing high heels and feeling instantly empowered (like a fierce supermodel).
  • Pastry shops.
  • Cold, refreshing showers following intense, grueling workout sessions.
  • Quiet moments to myself.
  • Bundling up in scarves and mittens during the winter months.
  • Listening to BTS.
  • Watching the red squiggle disappear from underneath words as I add them to my laptop’s dictionary.
  • Meeting someone who just clicks with me.

These are a few of my favorite things. What are yours? Let me know in the comments below!

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