by Mariam Williams
Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things
This is my favorite verse from “My Favorite Things,” the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic that helps to seal Maria’s bond with the captain’s children in The Sound of Music. Girls and snowflakes don’t do much for me; I don’t like children (although I could see how a white dress with a blue satin sash could make a girl happy), and I hate snow. The “silver white winters that melt into springs” make this verse my favorite. The winters are melting, meaning there’s a process, and it could take all season, but there’s something happening, and the bitter cold will turn into a season I enjoy.
When the dog bites
Between the headache that made me feel as though a power tool was drilling through the back of my head and into my eyes, and all the depressing economic news I read this weekend, it’s becoming more difficult to remember that a new season is coming. The front page of Sunday’s Couier-Journal pictured a sheriff’s deputy and members of his eviction crew emptying the contents of a home. The story encouraged readers with news of an increase in evictions – from two a month to two a day – a struggling charity that serves the homeless debating whether or not to close on weekends; an appraiser willing to travel up to 150 miles to appraise homes for bankruptcy instead of for refinancing; a man forced to seek help from a food bank for the first time; and a couple of the kinds of lesser-known stories that make newspapers so great, like one about a couple living in their barn due to the delay in the building of their houseboat and one about plastic surgeons seeing a decline in elective surgeries. That last one is a pretty big deal for one of America’s vainest cities.
When the bee stings
When I turned to the features section of the C-J, I read about an Atlanta man who had moved to Louisville for work; got laid off from each job he found here; couldn’t draw unemployment because he hadn’t worked long enough; and is currently three months behind on his rent and passing out hand-made business cards to seek out construction work.
When I’m feeling sad
Monday morning, I read an op-ed piece in the New York Times that noted that not only is this recession worse in shear numbers than the one that hit in 1981-82, but it’s worse for me, one of the 2.2 million people ages 16 to 29 who have lost their jobs in this recession. And “this follows an already steep decline in employment opportunities for young workers over the past several years.” Guess I should be more excited to have only one more year in my 20s.
Then I read in Ad Age that ad spending in traditional media will continue to decline into 2013. So much for trying to stay in my field.
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad
A stockpile of soup and cereal purchased on sale and with coupons
Rent paid consistently and on time
The fact that I still have more than I need and more than most of the world
My mom taking care of my gym membership
Benefits of exercise
A supportive boyfriend who truly believes that I have enough gifts to seriously change my life
The escapism of “24” and “Heroes”
hulu.com, which allows me to watch both of those shows, despite their competing time slots
Cathartic writing sessions
Random and interesting things my friends have posted on Facebook, like this video snagged from youtube:
My CeCe Winans cd (yes, a cd!)
The song “Praise Is What I Do” by Shekinah Glory Ministry
Ecclesiastes 3:1. The translation I currently like best reads, “There is an appointed time for everything.”
Silver white winters that melt into springs …
Go ahead: make a comment. What are few of your favorite things, or anything that’s making you not feel so bad?
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