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broodings from the burrow

February 13, 2014

my folks, generosity, and culprit
posted by soe 11:47 pm

Rudi’s back in the hospital with pulmonary embolisms, so things have been a little stressed around here. No reading, although I’m listening to The Thin Man, and no knitting, which means there’s absolutely no chance of finishing the sweater I designated for my Olympic knitting. But, you know, that’s how these things go. He’s getting better and will be home again soon, and those are the important things.

In the meantime, three beautiful things from the last week of my thirties:

1. My parents send a box full of prettily wrapped and bowed birthday gifts to be opened throughout the week. I open at least one at the end of each day, and some I use as an incentive to get through rough patches. As I open the packages, I eat heart-shaped cookies my mother sent back with me when I was home last month and try to guess what each item could be. (Sparkle sugar was an easy one; funkily patterned tights not so much.) To be honest, this week would have been much more challenging without this box o’ love.

2. An online friend, reading of how hard I’ve been taking this last month, makes a donation on my behalf to Heifer International, one of the charities I support. So now every time I see a flock of ducks, I will think of Jessica and her thoughtfulness.

3. My car fails inspection — twice. After the first time, I take it to a mechanic recommended by a friend of Rudi’s, who also drives an elderly vehicle, and get it tuned up. After the second failure, I call the mechanic back and ask what our next step is, and he suggests it’s likely a catalytic converter problem. Turns out he was right, and he and two other mechanics were waiting to show me what mine looked like when I picked up the car. (Imagine one of those peekaboo Easter eggs, except it’s made of metal and filled with a scene of post-apocalyptic platinum rubble.) He finds me a new, less expensive converter, installs it for just the cost of the part, and sends me on my way. It is with great relief that I pass inspection on the third try.

How about you? What’s been beautiful in your world this week?

Category: three beautiful things. There is/are 4 Comments.

Happy Birthday! Wishing you everything wonderful for this year. Peach sunsets, chocolates, velvety flowers, walks in sand and perfect joy.

Comment by Eri 02.15.14 @ 1:40 am

I am so sorry to hear Rudi is back in the hospital! You have a rough patch but I love the box of mystery gifts – your parents are so thoughtful. And kudos to you for finding bright spots throughout it all 🙂

Comment by amanda 02.19.14 @ 11:33 am

Oh, Sprite! How the time goes… and I am sorry about the very tough winter you are having. Sometimes the weather and all feels so very personal. I just remembered the other day that Valentine’s Day was your birthday! Belated hugs. Your letter to me was one of the highlights of this snow-filled year. I’m taking a GLSP writing course this semester– and that’s fun, too. And our new cat (JH’s former cat with the need for special food and multiple vet visits that broke a minimum-wage earner’s bank account) Psyche… that’s another joy. As is thinking of you, cozy in the burrow… with Rudi and cats. xoxoxo

Comment by Cynthia 02.19.14 @ 3:46 pm

Happy Birthday! Ellie celebrated on the 18th (and the 15th and the 22nd). We should be done now.

Boxes of joy are so much fun…so are cookies!

Comment by Emily 02.24.14 @ 7:02 am