Not every week is filled with exciting adventures. Sometimes it's good to focus on the little things, the basics. That's what I did this week. Here is the Basics Edition of Willow's Week in Friday Fave Fives with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story.
1. I am thankful for sunshine. I know the the scientists among us will point out that without the sun, we will all die. In like five minutes. No sunshine = no heat. No sunshine = no light. No life. We should all be thankful for sunshine. Specifically, I am thankful for the additional light we are getting as we have passed the spring equinox. Yay, sunshine!
2. I am thankful for green plants. There's that whole photosynthesis thing that happens with sunshine (see #1) and then the result is green plants. Green plants mean food. Food means nourishment. Nourishment means health. In Southern California, green plants also mean we just had some rain and the wild plants are growing again on the hillsides so the soil won't erode away and cause landslides, the deer finally have something to eat besides my rose bushes, and it's much prettier to look up at the Santa Monica Mountains and see green, not black ashes and brown dirt.
3. I am thankful for clean water. Many people in the world don't have clean water. I remember having to boil every bit of water we consumed when we were living in the Papuan jungle. Don't take clean water for granted. It's a luxury.
4. I am thankful for my automatic washing machine. Last week as I was driving around town, I noticed that the car in the traffic lane next to me was filled with stuff. Upon closer inspection, I realized it was piles of laundry. It was evident the driver was either going to the laundromat or to Mom's to do laundry. Have you ever lived without laundry facilities in your house? Wasn't that FUN? I've done our laundry in a river. By hand. That's not much fun either. I may have actually kissed my washing machine. Certainly, I regularly give its white metal top a little pat and tell it, "Thanks!"
5. I am thankful for books. On facebook, I noticed a comment posted by a friend telling that when people asked her what she wanted for her birthday, she replied, "Your favorite book." She received a wonderful variety of books as gifts. That caused me to ponder -- what is my favorite book? How can I choose only one?? I love British authors. Elizabeth Goudge, Scent of Water. Miss Read. The Year at Thrush Green. Dorothy Sayers, Gaudy Night. I also love children's books. The Door in the Wall. The Trumpeter of Krakow. Just a fraction of my favorite books. This week I was gifted four Miss Read books. [THANKS, Mary!) My Easter Break reading! I *heart* books.
These are simple pleasures. Just the basics, ma'am.