*I wrote this yesterday, but didn’t have time to review it. Before I re-read it I received news that my friend’s father passed away yesterday afternoon, peacefully and at home. I am so sad, that sadness that makes it hard to move. I logged in to distract myself and almost deleted this post because it’s frivolity does not reflect my current state of mind. But I’m keeping it; these small joys and reasons for gratitude stand. Tonight Michael and I will have dinner with Alex and Jonathan, which is absolutely the best thing for me. I am grateful for all of you, for every minute. Have a good night and take of yourselves, for my sake, my beautiful friends.
Sometimes you are happy for respectably disinterested reasons – the success of a loved one, say – and sometimes you are happy because you bought something pretty. I would, ordinarily, encourage the former rather than the latter, but sometimes… Oooooh, Shiny! I’ll start with the more respectable joys.
1) My adored friend, D.C. has (and not for lack of goading and cajoling and pleading over the years on my part) put together an album of his music and it is, in all truth, wonderful and excellent. You are all part of the whisper campaign that will rocket this album to the top of the charts. Once it’s available, I’ll direct you to it. I’m just so proud of him; it’s no small feat in terms of focus and concentration, both of which are so much harder to sustain than skill or talent (although he’s got those too, and in spades, the bastard).
2) Michael does not, I repeat, does NOT have West Nile Virus. This is not as crazy as it sounds; he was in Austin recently, there were mosquitoes and when he got home, he had flu-like symptoms… far more phlegmatic characters than MyLove have freaked out on less evidence than that (there’s a joke in there somewhere, along the lines of “And believe you me, he was plenty plegmy!” Yuk, yuk, yuk…). Here’s to his recovery and death to mosquitoes!
3) I finally had my beautiful pearl earrings repaired… oh my darlings, I have missed you! My pearls make me feel all the best parts of young and wise at the same time.
4) I finally bought these long longed-for gorgeous glass straws. We’ve been having smoothies every morning and I am tired of the ice cubes clinking against my teeth. I now carry one in my purse and proudly wield it at restaurants and drive all the waiters crazy by ordering, “Water, no straw. I have my own… Aha!”. I wouldn’t have liked me at all if I had waited on me, so I’m not remotely put out when they forget. All part of the re-education.
5) Yesterday, Alex was offered a job, and a proper one at that. Those of you who remember job-hunting (and I hope you don’t; block it out, don’t look back!) know what a dreadful occupation it is. He starts at the end of the month and I am thrilled. Mazel Tov, Baby!
Addendum: 6) I spent yesterday with my mother and we had Shabbat and dinner with my Tia and my cousin and her husband and most beautiful genius children. I looked at pictures of them this morning to cheer myself and, wouldn’t you believe it, it worked!
I hope you all had a lovely week and a lovelier weekend!