When I finished it last time, Reuben said, "When you're sad do you think of your favourite things Mamma? What are your favourite things?" Well. There was a pause as I sat stunned at his question, then began easily, "well you and Esther are my top favourite things. And... I like flowers. And, um... Well I'll have to think about it and get back to you." My favourite things. I'm sure I have plenty. It's just that I haven't thought about life like that for a while. And it's exactly what I've been wanting to think about here. Perfect timing little guy.
So I've started thinking about it. Or trying to, I haven't really got anywhere yet. I accidently found a beautiful little notebook in a shop today that says on the front "explorer of truth and beauty" and I picked it up and bought it without hesitation. Perfect timing, little gift shop. I'll carry it round with me and see how much I can fill it.
Then there's the project I've started here that's similar. Finding things of beauty and things that it's good to be alive for. I had thought I would only photograph things, but now I'm reading a book that was given to me about purposely listing all the little things in life you are thankful for (more about that another day, perhaps), so the plan extended to words as well. There are so many ideas around this topic that I'm having trouble working out how to approach it to be honest, but I will try and untangle it and share the results with you. Let's hope that there's also so many things to discover and remember and enjoy that I get tangled up in those too.
I have made one step along the way. I really do like flowers. I know it's cliche, but I love them. And I realised I could do something with that. I could get some. So I added them to my whopping-trolley-load-what's-another-ten-bucks at the supermarket on Monday when I was shopping for birthday party supplies, and put them with a few from my garden. So there you are, something I love, something truly beautiful, something I can have in my house and look at whenever I like, and something I can photograph for you too.
Oh, and the smell!
I'll see if I can get started in my notebook over the next few days. But I'd love some help. What are your favourite things? I love hearing especially about the quirky things. Many of us will have chocolate and fresh sheets and sunshine and the sound of rain on the roof on our list (and make sure you include them) but what else makes you different to your friends? My Mum has a thing about mugs and my friend loves antique fans and I love love love maps of all kinds, especially old ones (there you are, there's another one). Do you find crunchy autumn leaves on the footpath irresistible, or love the sound of trains at night, or do you collect teaspoons? And what about schnitzel with noodles? Does anyone have that on their list?