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It’s The Simple Things

Happiness is a shower so hot, so long, and gloriously uninterrupted that the skin on your fingertips wrinkle and that the room fills with such a dense fog that you can’t see your pasty reflection in the mirror when you pull back the curtains.

Instead you see his name and his signature emoji faces eerily and boldly traced through the condensation – a shower from the night before perhaps.

You laugh at your silly boy.

Happiness is not getting dressed yet because no one is home.

It’s turning up the music you can never listen to.

The ones with sweary words.

The ones with the lyrics that pull everything in you, out of you – The truth bombs with big fat punch of dirty.

All the things you really want to say to the people who twist your insides like millions of elastic bands wrapped around rusty pop cans but you don’t have the courage to say it to their faces.

Turn. It. Up. Mama.

Happiness is letting the water from your wet hair drip onto your bare shoulders and swaying your hips that struggle against the stiffness of arthritis. It’s using the mousse can as a microphone and singing until your throat hurts and your chest doesn’t anymore.

It’s blow drying your hair off your face as if you were mother effing  Beyonce herself.

Happiness is having time to put on your favourite lotion.

It’s even having time to put on make-up but mascara is all you really need today darling.

And when you’re done, you smile because you remember that moments of happiness – ones that sink right into your empty spaces and take up residence – don’t always have to be something grande.

It can be as simple as being home alone and taking a hot shower by yourself for the first time in months.

Also, happiness is an 8 year old child and an open window.

What simple things are making you happy?

27 Comments

  1. It’s all about the little things, Kim. You’ve written this so well and expressed the sentiment beautifully! I love days of ‘only mascara’. Hot showers and hot coffee rule.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      It most definitely is and i honestly cannot remember when the last time I took a shower without someone being home and barging in asking if I could open a peanut jar or where I put hockey socks or where this and that was located. UGH. I love my boys but for the love of all things holy, we have 2 bathrooms.

  2. It’s so important to take joy in and relish the small and amazing wonders of life! And I love that picture of him with the open window–we used to live in Michigan and as soon as it was reasonable I would start opening my car windows when I drove in the Spring–I would love it after those long cold winters!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      You used to live in Michigan? We just live across the way in Ontario! The Spring season is a weird one as you know. It was unseasonably warm and I caught him with the window down and loving every second of it.

  3. It really is the little things that put the biggest smiles on our faces and into our hearts! So beautifully written and such a cute pic! Driving with the windows down and long hot showers = pure bliss!
    Happy Monday xxx

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      It was such an unseasonably warm March day for us and we were off to the last travel hockey game of the season. We told our son not to worry about winning or listening to the bickering mom’s in the stands – just play. It was like the world was lifted off his shoulders. I caught him in the mirror and had to snap this moment.
      Happy Monday to you too Chrissy! xo

  4. This is a fun post. My middle daughter just finished being in her play “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.” The last song is Happiness is. My hubby sang “Happiness is” about everything he came across Saturday night. For me, right now, Happiness is going on a long run, pushing my body harder. I’m more than a little obsessed right now. And having another bag of stuff to throw away as part of my 40 bags in 40 days. And getting to the end of the day without Diet Coke and rewarding myself with another dime in the bottle to save up for Christmas, or saying screw it, driving to McDonald’s and getting the biggest Diet Coke they have and hiding it so people won’t give me hell for drinking my drug of choice.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      That must have been such a wonderful show and you must have been so incredibly proud of her!
      Running is fabulous (so I’ve heard LOL!) and I’m glad that you’ve found your passion in it! Giving up your Diet Coke must be hard. I can’t give up my one allotted coffee or tea a day. Can’t. Do. It. But that rewarding system sounds fabulous! And sometimes we need it. We just hafta have it yo! We are human.

  5. YES! Preach mama, happiness most definitely is all of those things! I love the opportunities for long hot showers when they happen!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      Uninterrupted showers are so underrated aren’t they? I usually have to take them in the morning and my son always kicks the door in because he has to use the toilet or he needs me to open the jam jar or wants me to put on Netflix — AHHHHHH!

  6. i’ve never watched a game of golf in person, but saturday morning i rode with a friend to watch her daughter play eighteen holes. happiness is getting exercise with good company on a gorgeous day. :]

    i love the picture of the boy with his face in the wind.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      I have never watched golf in person either! Well unless goofy golf counts…ha! I bet that it was gorgeous day. I’m hoping for those days to start coming our way soon!

  7. It’s totally about the little things and I think sometimes we get so caught up in the big things that we miss the little things.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      Absolutely! I am guilty of looking forward to the weekend or the big vacation or celebration and whatnot that I forget that it’s in the moment that holds good things too.

  8. I love this! I should put something on a wall to remind me to ask myself that question “What simple things are making you happy?” Then maybe I wouldn’t get as bothered by the big and little things that don’t. Thank you for sharing this post.

    xo, Lynn N.
    http://emmaandrose.com
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    • Kimberly Kimberly

      YES!!! That would be awesome!!! I find that I’m always looking for the bigger picture or always looking for the weekend or vacation…that I sometimes forget that sometimes in the moment, the small things matter too 🙂

  9. Thank you for such lovely post after the dreaded weekend I had. You are awesome!

  10. Beautiful post! It really IS about cherishing – and noticing- the little things!

    -Lauren

  11. So, I have to admit I’ve blown the hair away from my face before and simply pretended. I am all about the small things in life as it is the small moments that lead to the big. Also, I’m the queen of car karaoke!

  12. Oh, yes! It’s the simple things in life like hot showers and open windows that make it all worth it 🙂

  13. The little things are what we always seem to forget but they are so important! Hot showers are def something I live for!

  14. Kim Kim

    Oh how I adore all these things! A shower while the boys are at school and not having to get dressed before someone breaks down the door on me is THE BEST!!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      It’s the best! My son always flies in asking for something to be opened or he needs to use the bathroom even though we do have another one. Even my husband will bang on the door looking for something!

  15. **It’s blow drying your hair off your face as if you were mother effing Beyonce herself.**

    OOOOO, I just Looooove you from afar.

    your words cling to me, make me smile. xxx from Duluth.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      I love you all the way there my friend xoxo

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