I have not had a lot of joy in my life lately. I seem to have lost my writing mojo, there are tensions at home, problems at work, sad and dreary weather forecasts, and full schedules. I feel like I’m in a funk, and my life seems… joyless.
In the midst of my doldrums, I have been drawn to my Katie. She epitomizes the word joyful. Katie literally wakes up with a smile. That’s how I know she is fully awake as I stand at her bedside In the morning, cooing her name in the dawn light. I see the corners of her tiny mouth upturn into a smile, even though her eyes are still closed against the morning sun. Katie just exudes joy. She speaks only in exclamation marks. Everything is exciting! I often receive smirks and smiles from passing mommies in the store as they witness Katie’s happiness at finding a pair of shoes in her size! Or locating the cookies we were looking for! Or noticing the letter K in the store name! There is so much to be happy about in Katie’s world! Katie skips, rather than walks. She dances, rather than standing still . She sings, rather than talks. Katie is just… happy. She is the antidote to doldrums.
Which is why, if you came by my house on Sunday afternoon, you may have found me hiding in the bushes, waiting for my joyful seeker to find me. Or counting to ten with covered eyes, waiting for the sound of Katie’s giggles to lead me to her hiding spot. Or sitting on the chalk-covered driveway, drawing pictures of spring flowers and listening to Katie exclaim, “I drew a pur-pur one!” Or crouching next to the sand pile, letting the sand run through my fingers and cover my legs. Or running barefoot through the grass in the drizzling rain. You would have found me laughing and grinning, letting Katie’s smile push away the worries of the world.
You would have found me learning how to live happy from my joyful Katie. And, honestly, I feel better already.