Last week I was supposed to write about feet. I was too tired, too dead on the aforementioned, to do it. This week’s prompt is to think about the things that irritate me. Ponder them. List them. Know them. Then write about what delights me.
For starters, can I just say how much I hate Cyn for coming up with that prompt? Far, far too apt this week. Aptness is a finely edged weapon. I have a stack of irritating things to ponder lately, most of them work related. A tall, crooked, top-heavy stack of heaving irritations, just waiting for the most inopportune moment to crash down on my head.
Think about it, she said. Wallow in them. Then see what you’re really made of and write about the things that delight you.
- I left the house a little after 6:30 yesterday morning. A hawk followed alongside my car for the briefest of moments before taking up his morning roost on one of the telephone poles. There are few things on this planet more majestic than a bird of prey. Even the scraggly, underfed hawks that we have here are just glorious to see.
This hawk was watching a heard of pigmy donkeys grazing on a field terrace along side the highway. I’d never seen donkeys there before. Kinda cool.
- I finished up a teaching a class to drug offenders last night. They were actually sort of engaging for once. I enjoy stoners immensely one on one, but their group-think has been twanging my last nerve when I’ve taught this class recently. This group was better. Last night I taught about values, attitudes and behaviors. Two of ‘em actually teared up. Teared up! Hell, if I’d had a plate I would have passed it and offered an invitation. I couldda gotten at least one of ‘em to rededicate their life and the two guys in the back might’ve volunteered for foreign missions.
Or, maybe not.
- I made a decision last week to pursue something I’ve needed to for a long time. I have a building I want to someday rent/lease/own and put in an art studio. I’m going to do it. I’m even thinking about hanging out my shingle and doing a few photography jobs. I’ll specialize in weddings of orphans. I refuse to do weddings for people with mothers. Mothers of brides have no place on a list of things that delight me.
I decided on a few small steps to begin with. I’m actually going to try to sell some of my art. Next weekend I am undertaking a very, very small beginning step and setting up a booth (card table and maybe a couple of easels) at a tiny town summer festival. Just gonna wait and see what happens. I can’t imagine there is a single person in the tiny town that needs/wants photos of graves or abandoned places. And certainly not childish paintings of comic book themes, but who knows? It’s a delightfully small first step.
- Jackson found me a new cemetery and Saturday we will take a little road trip and see how well it photographs. That’s always delightful, even though he’s developed this new fascination with “Ghost Adventures” and now wanders the cemetery doing faux “EVP work”.
- I’m delighted that I live with a teenager who makes me laugh much more often than she makes me want to whack her upside the head with a heavy blunt instrument. I’m delighted that we recently had this argument:
Kate: “But! I prayed in the shower! I always pray while I’m taking a shower!”
Me: “I don’t care. You can pray again, out loud, with us. It’s good for you!”
Kate: “Argh! I don’t WANT to! I don’t LIKE praying out loud!”
Me: “What the hell is wrong with praying out loud? Just quit whining a say a damn prayer, already.”
First she laughed. Then she prayed.
It was a crappy prayer. But, what the hell, you can’t win ‘em all.
That’s it for now. I’m kicking that list of irritations. Kicking it hard, just to watch it fall. I’ve got a lot of other things – more important things – to enjoy. Who needs ya?