My Little Bitties


Scoring a substantial pay raise at work, driving off the lot in a sporty new car, or heading out for a much-needed, much-anticipated beach vacation–these may not be life-altering events destined to forever enhance our being, but they sure are occasions that we look forward to with delight and then appreciate immensely when they finally occur.  Unfortunately, those beach vacations too quickly come to an end, that new car’s appeal starts to fade about the time the first massive payment is due, and somehow–no matter how big–that pay raise tends to magically disappear into daily living expenses.

Instead of marking off the days until those major events might occur, surely we would all be much happier if we focused instead on the “little bitty” things that surround us every day, all those tiny snippets that can bring us such joy–but that we often don’t even notice because we are so anxiously awaiting the next big thing.

I know my bare feet will not be leaving imprints on wet sand anytime soon, and the current economy guarantees that new cars and big raises are not in my foreseeable future.  But if I pause just a few minutes to reflect on the simple delights in the world around me, I can think of so many reasons to smile (and I’ll bet some of these already make you smile, too!).

My Little Bitties

  1. calling a company and having an actual person immediately answer the phone–no “Please press 1 if you are calling for…” but rather “Good afternoon, Company X, this is Shelly; how may I help you?”
  2. realizing (with tremendous relief) that the police car racing up behind me with lights flashing and siren blaring is chasing down someone else.
  3. momentarily panicking when I can’t find my morning caffeine in the fridge–and then discovering a lone can hiding way back behind the milk and juice jugs.
  4. being able to wait patiently until someone else gets up and then saying, “Since you’re going anyway, could you bring me …”
  5. falling asleep while riding in the car and then waking up just a few miles from our destination.
  6. discovering a few more salty french fries in the bottom of the take-out bag–and just knowing they fell out of the other person’s carton.
  7. positioning a muscle-sore body under a steaming, streaming shower head and then unwinding there until every last drop of hot water is gone.
  8. killing that annoying, in-your-face fly on the very first swat.
  9. carrying every bag of groceries–all 12 of them!–from the grocery store to the car (instead of pushing a cart) because I hate putting up the cart and, more importantly, I like pretending that others in the parking lot are awe-struck by my bulging biceps!  I will also carry all the bags from the car to the kitchen in one trip (because the momentary discomfort of the plastic cutting into my palms is so much easier to bear than having to make half a dozen trips up and down the stairs).
  10. spotting oil-slick rainbows swirling in a puddle of water.
  11. biting into a peach that is so juicy and ripe that the juice streams down chin and neck.
  12. kicking off binding shoes and stripping off certain restrictive items of clothing within seconds of getting home from work.
  13. hearing a monotonous, rambling speaker who is 15 minutes past his allotted time finally mumble, “In conclusion…”.
  14. finding a $20 bill in the pocket of a seldom worn pair of jeans.
  15. being first in my lane at a stoplight, especially when the light turns green just as I’m slowing down and I can then speed past all the drivers in the other lane who haven’t even had a chance to react.
  16. feeling my legs in the shower and realizing I can go another day before having to shave.
  17. stopping to vote on the way to work and then proudly wearing the “I Voted!” sticker all day (my vote may not always count, but it is always counted!).
  18. coming home to the aroma of dinner in the crockpot and knowing I am only minutes away from enjoying a delicious meal.
  19. cranking up “Bohemian Rhapsody” on the car radio, singing at the top of my lungs because no one else is in the car, getting to a straight stretch in the road just as the head-banging portion comes on so I can “bang” along–and then realizing that the stranger in the car on my back bumper is having a really good laugh at my expense!
  20. getting up early enough in the morning that, if I want to (and I frequently do), I can hit the snooze button repeatedly and still make it to work on time.
  21. snuggling into the comfort of my grandmother’s quilts.
  22. slipping into pajamas still warm from the dryer.
  23. believing that others will think I’m some kind of fitness nut when they see me walking up the escalator (and secretly knowing that I’m just doing it to avoid motion sickness!).
  24. sorting through a box of old photos and being flooded with the sweet memories of my children’s early lives.
  25. eating a whole carton of buttered popcorn–every last finger-licking kernel–at the movie theater.
  26. finally contorting my tongue enough to work that last popcorn kernel from between my back teeth.
  27. winning a bet–even if it was just for a Coke or a buck.  The prize isn’t important; victory is!
  28. finger swiping all the chocolate batter out of the mixing bowl when no one else is around.
  29. finally untangling the last knot in a necklace that I really wanted to wear.
  30. wrapping leftovers with plastic wrap that actually sticks to the dish instead of itself.
  31. whistling the entire theme song to The Andy Griffith Show without missing a note.
  32. falling asleep to the sound of rain swishing through the down-spout.
  33. solving the puzzle on Wheel of Fortune with only 1-2 letters placed.
  34. placing an order at the restaurant just minutes before the large lunch crowd arrives.
  35. stepping outside on a crisp fall morning.
  36. experimenting with Jelly Belly flavor combinations (pina colada and popcorn! cherry and root beer!)
  37. watching TV the day after an election and realizing all the irritating political ads have suddenly vanished.
  38. spotting spring’s first daffodils sprouting through winter’s last snow.
  39. waking up from a really good dream (even better is making a few minor improvements to the story line and then falling right back into the dream!).
  40. mopping the kitchen, leaving the room, and then coming back to the fresh, clean scent of Pine-Sol.
  41. watching a herd of horses grazing on a distant hillside.
  42. driving down a newly graded gravel road with all the potholes smoothed over.
  43. going out on a glassy lake after everyone else has gone home for the day.
  44. jumping on bubble wrap!
  45. getting out early on a Friday.
  46. swinging the hips with just enough rhythm and force to complete several rotations with the hula hoop (but not enough to throw any body parts out of place!).
  47. unlocking a seldom-used door with the first key tried.
  48. viewing a shower of shooting stars in a December sky.
  49. finding the perfect flat rock and skipping it to the far side of the pond.
  50. remembering a funny joke (including the punch line!) and passing it on to someone else who hasn’t heard it yet.
  51. slowing down when I get to the last chapter in a book that is so good I don’t want it to end.
  52. getting enough practice that I am finally able to increase my texting speed (which is rather slow because I insist on writing in complete sentences and I refuse to abbreviate–laugh out loud!)
  53. walking up to a door with my arms full and having some nice young person open the door for me and insist on helping me with my packages.
  54. stepping onto the bathroom scale and seeing a smaller number than the last time I looked.
  55. saying something so unintentionally funny that others laugh hysterically (especially if one of them is a snorter!)
  56. filling up the gas tank right before the price goes up again.
  57. catching a whiff of honeysuckle through an open window.
  58. making a huge pot of homemade chicken noodle soup and knowing there will be enough leftovers for several days (no cooking!).
  59. blowing gigantic bubblegum bubbles.
  60. watching the media and Facebook turn geriatric Betty White into a sex symbol–and realizing that if it can happen to 88-year-old Betty, by golly, there’s still hope for the rest of us!

I will continue to save my nickels and dimes for that someday beach vacation, but in the meantime I’ve got plenty to keep me happy.  Life is good!

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About icedteawithlemon

I have recently retired from a 30-year career in education in one of the best school districts in the world. I hope to spend my second life reading, writing, photographing, traveling, biking, cheering on my favorite baseball team (the St. Louis Cardinals), and soaking up glorious sunshine. In my spare time I enjoy playing with my pet tarantulas, trying out new flavors of chewing gum, and knitting socks for prison inmates. I'm almost positive that in a past life I was one of the Seven Dwarfs (most likely "Grumpy"), and in my next life I'm going to be either a taste tester for Hershey's or a model for Victoria's Secret's new line, "Bloomers for Boomers." I want to travel country back roads, singing Vanilla Ice songs at every karaoke bar and rating bathroom cleanliness at every truckstop. And someday I plan to own a private beach where skinny girls aren't allowed. I want to be a writer when I grow up. "Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake."--Henry David Thoreau
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8 Responses to My Little Bitties

  1. Angie says:

    Simple pleasures are the only true pleasures, and you have identified many of mine! At the moment, I can’t think of any I would add…but I’m sure I’ll be more mindful of them now 🙂

  2. megin says:

    Love your list and I totally agree with the text messaging thing. I always use complete sentences with proper punctuation. I CAN NOT stand the run-on sentence of abbreviations!!! (besides the fact that it takes me 10 minutes to decipher it….ummm, I guess that means I am getting old???)

  3. Janet says:

    I love this list! It made me lol :-)…and think of some of my own “little bitties.” Thanks!

    • Thank you, Janet! And just so you know, I’ve read your blog several times now, and I’m just so impressed with the good work you are doing. You are making a difference in the lives of so many young people–there is no more worthwhile endeavor!

  4. Rhonda Newton says:

    Love it! One year at Christmas, I gave my mom a “rainy day” jar. In it were 365 pieces of paper with some memories , but mostly things I was thankful for growing up and since. She loved it. Said it was one of the best gifts she’d ever gotten. She read them all in one day.

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