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by Julia Buckley
In any case, making a love list is fun, and one list is never the same as another, because you're listing what you love TODAY, right now. This will include not only the memories that you find accessible in that moment, but the things which have recently left impressions upon you.
Here's a love list I made just for this post:
--my two teenage sons. They are inarguably violent and constantly bickering with each other (and with me), but they are smart and funny and mostly fun to be around.
--my hard-working husband. He's at work right now, proving my contention.
--the works of William Shakespeare, particularly THE TEMPEST, (and whoever may have written them--I'm content to be in ignorance forever).
--all of my pets since childhood: Midnight the cat, Buffy the dog, Simon the dog, and all of these cats: Max, Holly, Cato, Clouseau, Kahlua, Pibby Tails, Rose, and Mr. Mulliner.
--print books AND Kindles, because both of them give me access to the great storytellers.
--my own memory. I know it might someday fade away, so I treasure it highly now.
--watching tv. It may sound lowbrow, but I do love my television.
--flowers. The roses pictured above are a wee Valentine's Day present to myself (along with the red vase).
--my job. I get to discuss literature EVERY DAY.
--my mom and dad, my two brothers and two sisters. We're far apart, but still close.
--Griswald, the ancient teddy bear my mother brought me from Germany in 1971. There is a long and beautiful story behind his arrival in the U.S., but I'll save that for another post.
--Baby pictures of my children. No one else wants to see them OR talk about them, but they bring me such joy.
--ALL FOOD. But especially things made with chocolate. And extra-cheesy pizza.
--The classical station I listen to on the way to work, and the cool announcer who talks so softly I have to turn the volume way up.
--All kinds of music. Today I am especially appreciating the music of Emmylou Harris, ABBA, and Gordon Lightfoot. Oh, and The Beatles (George was my favorite).
--My vacuum cleaner, which transforms my cluttery house filled with cat-hair dustballs into something nice again.
--Going to the movies. It may be old fashioned, and the popcorn I like may be filled with horrible trans fats, but I still like going to a theatre and, yes, eating a tub of popcorn. The popcorn even gives me a stomach ache sometimes, but I want it anyway. Love is complex.
--A great mystery novel. And a great romance. And, based on my new love for the GAME OF THRONES series, I guess I enjoy fantasy, as well.
--Musicals. Today I was singing a song from "Oklahoma!" in the Jewel parking lot. I also love THE SOUND OF MUSIC, ANNIE, BRIGADOON, KISMET, THE MATCHMAKER, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, and NO NO NANETTE.
--Babies. Any babies.
--Games. My favorite is TRIVIAL PURSUIT.
--My car. My son will be 20 by the time it's paid off, but everything in it works, and I'm glad to have it when I see all the people waiting for the bus. (It also has the very first car cd player I've ever had, and despite the fact that this is now "old" car technology, I am thrilled with it).
--The student who daily asks me what I have in my lunch. She's curious in a very sweet way. She also likes to write poetry on my whiteboard during the free period--and it's always rather beautiful poetry.
--Poetry. Today I am appreciating Edna St. Vincent Millay.
--The late Erma Bombeck.
--Candles--all shapes and sizes.
--Perfume! I am a bit of a fragrance-o-phile, and I never like to wear the same scent two days in a row. Today I am wearing Lolita Lempicka.
--Okay, last one--but this list was really fun to make! You'll think this makes me sound ultra boring, but I love MY BED. It has been so cold in our little attic room this winter that I have three blankets on our tiny bed (full size, while my husband longs for King)--but once I'm under those covers, my bed is the warmest, best place in all the world, and I have to be dragged out of it every morning.
What would be the first thing (besides your family, of course) on your love list?
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!