As I go through my day, I watch for moments when the corners of my mouth turn up and my heart lifts. I note these moments of delight in my journal and consider their patterns here. I encourage you to be on the lookout for your Delight of the Day.
I have decided to become a cheese voyageur.
It was my birthday this week and, in thinking about what I might like to do, I thought of cheese. I love cheese. I have never met a cheese I didn’t like, although I understand there probably are some.
I decided to have a cheese tasting. I went to my neighborhood gourmet grocery store and had a fun conversation with Ike, the cheese expert. He talked to me about hard and soft cheeses, described cheesemakers’ adventures with culture and sent me home with four cheeses to try.
I liked them all, of course, and liked eating them slowly in small amounts and talking about them. As you can see below, many of my delights of the day for this week came from cheese.
I don’t want to be a cheese snob. I don’t want to develop brand loyalties (though I already can see that is a danger, what with Beemster and Beecher out there after my first tasting). Voyageur is the word that came to mind when I thought about what I want from my relationship with cheese. It smacks of romance and adventure (even though the reality was one of hard work). That will not be so, for me and cheeses. Instead, every now and then, I will get to explore new vistas, without leaving the [comfort? confines?] of my wheelchair.
The loveliest thing is the joy of choosing the adventure and sharing it with others. It reminds me that, even within limitations, life can be fun and exciting. It’s up to me.
Other delights this week include:
Meeting with my MS support group – caring, creative people who are on similar paths
Meeting Ike, the chief specialist
The actual cheese tasting birthday evening
Phone call with a friend
Describing the cheese tasting and finding a description of my new role
Planning a skunk works project
May you find delight in each day.