Today was a big adventure, with all of the support staff from Lake Ann Camp heading out to Traverse City for the Cherry Festival, but that’s not what made it a great day. The trip to the Festival itself was merely a backdrop for a series of life’s little pleasures, the sort of things that, when added up, create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Here are the top five little things that made today great:
1. Sleeping in. There’s nothing better than waking up early on your day off, looking at the clock, and realizing that you’re free to sleep for another four hours. Well, okay, there are a lot of things that are better than that, like donating to charity, adopting an orphan, or eating cookie dough, but you know what I mean. It feels great.
2. Getting free pizza. ‘Nuff said.
3. Bus rides. The beauty of a bus ride is that you can make it into just about anything you want. Looking to socialize? There are twenty other people stuck in the same vehicle for the next forty-five minutes. Chat away. Want to be alone? Just pull out a book, plug in some headphones, and enjoy the solitude. Interested in starting a rave dancing to Caramelldansen by the glow of the emergency door light? Go for it! Buses are awesome.
4. Would You Rather? If you have the right group of people, this is one of the greatest games you could ever play. Some of the questions are thought-provoking, most are just plain goofy, but it’s always fun to find out if your friends would rather sleep on peanut butter or marshmallows.
5. Buying new books. This is one of my favorite little things of all time. The happiness starts at the moment I enter the book store and the scent of paper, ink, and coffee drifts out the door to greet me, and it only intensifies as I search the aisles for my book of choice. When I find it, I hold it in my hands for a minute or two, reading the synopsis and the critical acclaim on the back cover and letting the anticipation of the actual reading heighten to its peak, then I rush to the counter to make my purchase and walk out the door with my new book tucked proudly under my arm. There’s a feeling of victory that comes with leaving a book store a few books richer that few shopping experiences can provide, a pleasant warmth that rests in the back of your mind until you finally get to crack open those fresh pages, read the first chapter, and truly claim the book as your own.
After one game of Would You Rather, two bus rides, two slices of free pizza, and two bookstore runs that produced three gorgeous paperbacks (John Green’s “Will Grayson, Will Grayson” and “Paper Towns” and Patrick Rothfuss’ “The Name of the Wind”) and a pre-order for John Green’s upcoming novel, “The Fault in Our Stars”, I think it’s safe to say that today was a very, very good day.