What Did You Fall in Love with Today?: Slice of Life #sol19 19/31

Today’s slice is inspired by Catherine’s post at Reading to the Core.

I’m an enthusiast, and I fall in love with a lot of things every day—from my coffee mug to the way a cat yawns to the shape of winter trees to freshly brushed teeth. (Is there any better feeling than freshly brushed teeth?)

So even though it’s only 7 a.m. and all I’ve done is drive to work, there has still been time to fall in love this morning.

I spent much of my drive craning my head backwards whenever it seemed safeish just to watch the moon which was huge and low over the snow-covered hills. It was white as I left town, yellow as I reached the highway and turned south, and I kept trying to find a good comparison and the right words to describe it poetically to myself but nothing really worked without also sounding silly. I thought about stopping for a photo, but I’ve never taken a moon photo that captures the magic of the setting moon over the prairie. It was enough just to notice and admire.

I fell in love with the clouds just before sunrise and Venus bright in the East. (At least I think it was Venus. I also fell in love with Google, as I do every single day, for finding the right name for “bright star in the east this morning”.) I fell in love with a field of pronghorn, easily a hundred or more animals, all lying down on the snow with their legs curled beneath them. I fell in love with the creeks outside their banks and the flooded fields and the cows who had found high ground.

I fell in love with a parking spot right in front of the door to the coffee shop and with the loud piano music I could hear outside on the sidewalk before I opened the door and the barista who turned the music down inside before I even had to ask and the warm fire and the ginger cat curled up on his favorite chair who began to knead vigorously when I scratched his chin and of course I fell in love with my mug of coffee.

And the day has only just begun.





27 responses to “What Did You Fall in Love with Today?: Slice of Life #sol19 19/31”

  1. anita ferreri Avatar

    I love your joy in the small things in our day. The clouds are always one of my favorites as I can imagine them moving slowly around the globe offering an ever changing pallet of images that inspire and make us smile. This is a reminder to find happiness where we are.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      And if we just look a little bit, I believe we always can find a little happiness! The clouds are a special pleasure on the prairie because the skies are so big and there are such amazing shadows to watch too.

  2. margaretsmn Avatar

    Thanks for writing my slice for tomorrow…a found poem from your post. Stay tuned…

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Oh my gosh, that’s the most amazing honor ever! I can’t wait to see it. Thank you already!

  3. Sharon Gubser Avatar
    Sharon Gubser

    This is such a beautifully written slice. I love finding joy in everyday things.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Thank you! It completely surprised me to think about all I’d noticed and appreciated when I sat down to write.

  4. livinglife816287820 Avatar

    How amazing! You’re right, there is so much to fall in love with, moment by moment! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      We only have to look!

  5. Maureen Avatar

    Yes, so early in the day, and you have found so much to love. I wrote about being in love with the moon – it is looking quite magical right now!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Wasn’t it amazing? I’m sorry I didn’t go outside this morning to see it since I think it was even bigger than yesterday!

  6. arjeha Avatar

    There is so much to fall in love with every day if we just open our eyes and marvel at the things around us. I fell in love with the quiet of the house when I opened my eyes this morning. No one was moving yet, not even the cats.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Ah yes, the quiet of the house in the morning is always a favorite for me too. Though I’m not sure what it would be like to have no moving cats. Since I have so many sleeping with me, once I stir, they do too.

  7. Amanda Potts Avatar

    Oh my gosh! Is it wrong to say that I love this post? I do! I love so many things about it and about the way you approach your world. A field of pronghorn! And the moon – I love the moon. And that cat – and what a kind barista. Oh, I love this post. Also, I wrote you a cat post – it’s all about Tippy. I’m betting you’ll love it 😉

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      And you are so right: I DID love that post! I was astonished at all the things I loved about my morning yesterday–just an ordinary morning, and I wasn’t even in a good mood! But noticing and appreciating all those amazing things put me in a good mood for the rest of the day!

  8. Trina Haase Avatar
    Trina Haase

    Such a fun way to write a post! I love that you shared all that you love! I love the moon too and was gushing over in this morning on an early morning walk!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Wasn’t it incredible? I thought of you and your gratitude practice as I wrote this post. You are so wise in all you say about the benefits of practicing appreciation.

      1. Trina Haase Avatar
        Trina Haase

        Thank you. I think that it is easy to focus only on the bad/negative…

  9. shellymkeller Avatar

    Wow! What a beautiful post! I love how you found so much to love in just the beginning of your day!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Thank you! There is so much to notice and enjoy if we just make a little effort.

  10. readingteachsu Avatar

    So many things to love in the world when you take the time. Thanks for the reminder.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Yes! That’s the tricky part–taking the time to notice!

  11. Melanie Meehan Avatar

    Do you think this could be a picture book? Seriously! The images are so great. If you made a couple of them more child-friendly– is, not the coffee or the parking place– I feel like you could get it there. It’s such a lovely repetition.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Gosh, Melanie, I never would have thought of that! Thank you for that amazing compliment and for the idea! (My mother will be so thrilled by this suggestion. She’s always after me to try writing picture books. Now she’s going to constantly be saying, “Well if you won’t listen to me, what about Melanie??”)

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  14. Alice Nine Avatar
    Alice Nine

    I fell in love with your morning drive… and I totally agree with Melanie Meehan. You have the makings of a picture book. What child wouldn’t love the pronghorn? and then you moved right into their habitat. Perhaps a book that pairs the poetic “I fell in love with…” with short expository passages, something like Joyce Sidman has done in some of her books, for example, Song of the Water Boatman.

  15. Fran Haley Avatar

    So beautiful. An embrace; an abiding appreciation for life. There’s a movie-like feel to this, images fading in and fading out. And I’ve never seen pronghorn before. Now I am in love with them, their field of snow, and their acceptance. Deep inspiration, Elizabeth.

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