1. After needing insulation and a new roof for several years, this home improvement project is finally done. What a huge relief. And a very boring, but necessary way, to spend money.
2. Saying to a friend "add this to the list of the things we didn’t know, until we had to know them."
3. The return of Tiny William Shakespeare.
4. Memories of the college food cart where I worked in Madison, Wisconsin. Where I learned to make Spanish TortilIa from scratch. I find the not-often-used mandolin to thinly and symmetrically slice potatoes and onions. I sauté them in olive oil till they are almost translucent. I beat the eggs and add it to the dish cooking it stovetop and then in the oven. I haven't made this dish for 20 years, and in a flash of memory , it returns to me.
5. The joy of homemade Ramen night. So many dishes to do, but oh so good.
6. The organization makes another $10,000 research donation. And plans are coming together for a long held, and never spoken, wish for a family summer camp. Dreaming and scheming. And following the magical thread.
7. Asking for a sign and receiving one.
8. He qualifies to represent Maine in the National Speech and Debate championships.
9. I know that I will never stop hunting for moments.
10. The tumble that reminds me [always] of how things can and do change in an instant. How even though brains are protected by bones and layers, that they are fragile organs not to be jostled or bonked. How sad and angry it makes me that we can just roll with a concussion, because we have practice and experience with medical life. We are experts in how to navigate systems and communicate with providers clearly and how to get what we need. And so, we sit and wrestle with how to help her to rest her brain, while it does it's healing and encouraging stillness and quiet, in a girl that is so very full of life.