Ok. So those who know me, and probably many who don't, know this piece. Smile at the Rain (more links to online retailers with the design on this page). I can't even begin to tell you how many really neat "small-world" stories I've got from this one little design. Unexpectedly touching human-connection stories, real heartwarming stuff, will pop out of an email from a stranger because of this little drawing. It's been very cool to experience those little connections.
But that's not what this post is about. Well sort of...but not really. We all have those little things that make us smile. In the rain or otherwise.
Funny thing about that, and about today...I finished 8 designs (for a pretty tight deadline) that I've hardly looked away
from for I'm not sure how long, I looked out the window and saw blue
sky. Yee-haw I was going to head outside. I looked out again a few
minutes later and the skies were black and it was pouring rain. I
harumphed and moaned to myself a bit, then walked past this little print on my wall.
Could have been a greeting card, or snipped from a magazine. I'm not sure...it's nailed into its 5 X 7" frame with very old (rusty and brittle) upholstery tacks (it's crooked inside the frame too but that's just part of its charm). It was on the wall in my grandparents' house longer than I can remember. And every time I look at it, I can't help it...I smile. And I am forced to agree, why yes it is a fine day today.
It struck me that I wanted to share it here on my blog.
Then it made me think of other funny little things that make me smile. I surround myself with them (also called "being a pack-rat"). I thought "what better way to remind myself to smile at the rain" than to share these things"...ok, well there are probably all sorts of better ways, but this is what I came up with today (sort of a Practice-What-I-Preach thing?) so here goes:
Introducing the first installment of Things That Make Me Smile. Random silly little things I'll post whenever I start to feel bummed that it's raining (remember I live in Seattle you'll get sick of this long before I'm through). Ok...today, well obviously the little poem with all its aints and brambles and even a Lord's-name-in-vain thrown in for those of you keeping track. But hey, this poem doesn't care if you're offended by iffy grammar or even a mild little curse in some folks' books, it's only purpose is to say "Hey guess what? Cheer up!" So do it. Right now. I mean it...my grandmother would want you to.
Ok the next thing...well I told you these are random. I'm sure you've seen these. Plastic serveware, that cute Swedish-designed stuff. You see it everywhere...looking back at you. But have you really looked at it? Focused on the expression? What a sweet little face. Look at how it's smiling at you. Just saying "hi." and not expecting anything in return, except that maybe you don't eat soggy noodles. A selfless act from a cute little spoon. I am physically unable to look at this thing without cracking a smile. Seriously. I'm not usually this much of a sucker for plastic serveware, really. But I just can't not smile. Like some sort of post-hypnotic suggestion, it doesn't matter how foul a mood I'm in, oh boy I get in foul ones too...but I walk past the kitchen window and it catches my eye. There's a smile. Just like that. And yes, it sits on the windowsill. All that pleasantness couldn't possibly be spread like this if this were buried in the utensil drawer.
It may be the Smarties' fault. Somehow when I was very, very young they got renamed "Happy Pills" and I totally went along with it. I'd start getting fussy or grouchy and they'd pull out a pack of Smarties and I'd magically become happy. My heart wasn't always all the way into it, often I'd get happy begrudgingly but I'd get happy nonetheless. Now don't start getting any crazy ideas about bribing children with sugar and unhealthy addictions...slow down there Turbo, all it took was 1 Smartie. Or 1 Happy Pill, as they are still called in my home.
The next thing I'll share today is this picture my friend Rhonda took years ago. Just a tree. Just some grass. We've all seen that stuff right? But this picture...sigh. It isn't just a tree and grass, it's a time and a place. This picture is deep. It makes you feel. It's got that something, you know what I'm talking about? I know you have things that do this. My own photo of it doesn't do it justice (how many times have you read that on a blog? Hah! Well you'll certainly hear it more from me I'm sure!) but anyway, here it is. And what makes it even better, she matted it with paper she made herself and built the frame. How cool is that? Yup, it makes me smile.
So there you go. Just a couple silly little things. But see, now I'm not harumphing and moaning about the weather. I'm actually smiling. Really, I'm not just saying it for the sake of the post.
I hope something makes you smile today too. Really, I'm not just saying that either.