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Rewarding day

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Sometimes simple things are the most rewarding. Like watching a grandchild. Listening to innocent laughter and lengthy descriptions of the logic behind any of her actions. Which are beautifully entertaining themselves. The smile when a happy meal is delivered. The claiming of various chairs, couches, and beds as hers is cute. She talks about the various color of flowers and touching the blooms. Her excitement about finding some coins I hid outside in the garden. Then resting on the couch about to fall asleep for her afternoon nap which she seems intent on fighting and if I don’t say successfully.

The words and sentences she is learning seem to multiply quickly. Sometimes I think to myself did a 3-year-old just say that to me? The kindness and fantasy world that dot the day. The “come chase me” run and quick turn of her head to make sure I’m right behind her which brings a scream between the laughter.

The satisfaction when you have all the things she likes to eat, mostly healthy. Watching her hoard things to take back to her house. The opening of the fridge to see what is on the bottom (hers) shelf and the thoughtful stare deciding what first. She also told me to get rid of one of my old tee shirts because it had holes in it. Just what I need, more fashion advice.

So many easy things to appreciate. She can be happy with anything which is a good lesson for all of us to find joy in whatever we have or do.

Don’t worry beach, I’m coming. Photo by Mike Hartley

And I hope to have some more joy tonight watching the finals game and enjoying the company of one of my best friends.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • I tell you the ladies at Quest Labs in Ellicott City are experts at blood draws. I go to my doctor’s and I get stabbed 2-3x. First time every time at Quest.
  • A beautiful day to have the top down.
  • The more I keep my mouth shut the less correction I need.
  • Did you ever notice that smaller vehicles on the road get the least respect?

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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