In the interest of sticking with my resolution, I hereby begin my list of seven things that make me smile every day.
One thing that made me smile today was my dog. Today was bath day, and my favorite furball was less than excited about it. Nevertheless, he obediently stood in the bath while I soaped and scrubbed away the adventures of the last few weeks. The worst part for him is getting rinsed (he trembles when I get to this part). Once I was done, I stood up to grab a towel to pick him out of the tub, and he made the cutest little whining sound. He looked pathetic, but I mean that in the most affectionate way. All of his normally poofy long hair was slicked back away from his shih tzu snout! I started laughing so hard, and I think he got mad at me, because he decided to shake out his fur when I bent down to pick him up. Brat.
Another thing was the bowl of ice cream I had. We’re out of chocolate syrup, so I took the liberty of popping open a jar of fudge topping. And yes, it was deliciousssss.
Conversations with my friends will be a consistent cause of smiles. There’s something about being able to talk to someone and laugh endlessly at nothing, everything, and anything, that can make your day. It could be a random string of emojis, a picture, a Skype session, a Snapchat video, anything. And we all have those inside jokes with our favorite people – phrases that, to anyone else, make absolutely zero sense.
This next one is a bit off the wall. Candles make me smile. I love the soft glow of a single flame, the colorful arrangements of decorative candles, the different scents. I think they’re so pretty and peaceful. And although we can’t have candles in the dorms, I’m looking into some cheap LED lights that should have pretty close to the same effect!
My neighbor George makes me smile. All the time. He came over today to hang out with my brothers (he thinks they’re so cool – I don’t see it). They had a little bonfire and George got a huge kick out of it. He’s always asking questions and running around and being as curious and adventurous and silly as a little boy should be, and an awesome friend!!
I really like looking at the stars. I smile at the sky all the time when I’m at school, because I swear there are more stars every single night. They make me smile because – actual science aside – they’re just minding their own business, burning, twinkling, shining away. And just because we can’t see them, doesn’t mean they aren’t there. They still are, just chilling, being stars.
The seventh thing that made me smile today was a video my mom showed me. Now, I’m sure it’s made its rounds on social media, but I hadn’t seen it. I’m pretty sure it was from Britain’s Got Talent, and Simon Cowell had just cut off this young boy’s singing. You could tell he was nervous and scared as Simon held up his hand to stop the music and informed the boy he ought to try a different song. So he did. His rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Who’s Loving You” blew everyone away. A wonderful and entertaining reminder that sometimes when everything feels like it’s going wrong, it might about to be going very, very right.
“But God can only smile because only God can know what is coming next.” – Desmond Tutu