Happiness is

by Lorin Michel Sunday, February 16, 2014 9:28 PM

My dog’s nose, cold and wet and pushing against my hand for a piece of cheese.

A warm day in the desert.


Sometimes snow, when it’s just getting started, and the day turns lushly quiet and peaceful; before the snowplows and the dirty.

Sunsets in the west when there are just a few wispy clouds making the sky catch fire as it descends into the ocean.

The darkness that comes immediately after.

The middle of the night when even the owls have ceased to speak.


Hearing my mom say “hi, honey” as she recognizes my voice on the other end of the phone.

My sister’s laugh.

Listening to Justin talk about lighting and design and history, and realizing that he’s very, very smart; perhaps smarter than his parents.

Remembering my dad’s laugh and the twinkle in his eye when he was being mischievous, making jokes and simply enjoying life.

Watching a great football game when it’s my team winning or a really great football game especially when I don’t care who wins.

A deep, dark, inky syrah that paints the glass in equally lush, inky, transparent tones.

Twice baked potatoes.

Music and especially great jazz that fills the space perfectly, leaving no corner untouched by sound.



Not arithmetic.

Remembering family members past, like my grandmothers, both of them, so different from one another, sharing only a generation and our family; Aunt Beryl who just passed away this past summer, with her whirlwind mind and encyclopedic memory of things both mundane and profound.

Happiness is things that don’t matter and those life-changingly important. It’s a hot cup of coffee on a Sunday morning, a decision to build a house, the loss of someone loved, watching the sunrise and set again; a thunderstorm.

Tonight, it’s having my son home and having him and his girlfriend prepare us dinner while we sit sipping wine. I’m not sure it gets better than this, not on this Sunday in February.

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Comments (2) -

2/18/2014 8:51:55 AM #

Really good friends....

Pam United States

2/18/2014 11:46:11 PM #

Agreed, my good friend!

Lorin United States

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