Every month I chronicle those ordinary delights that give me comfort or offer a place of reflection or joy. Here are my everyday delights for June:
1. Summertime Movies
Temperatures are hot in the desert and over the course of the last 2 weeks we faced several days of consecutive heat of 115 degrees. My family loves the comfort of a cold movie theater and watching new releases, while eating Sour Patch candy and munching on popcorn. Two movies we adored were Inside Out and Jurassic World.
2. Checkers with my daughter
During the summertime, my daughter and I try to play a game of checkers everyday. There is a relaxing rhythm to engaging in this ordinary pleasure of hanging out in her room, strategizing and teasing one another about our moves. She loves to squeal, “King me,” each time she lands on the backend of my checkerboard.
3. Coloring the Enchanted Forest
I’ve caught on to the phenomena of adult coloring books. It is an interesting and fun way to relieve some stress and get lost among the hues and details of an intricate flower or swirls of trees.
4. Attending a U2 concert
I love attending concerts. Toward the beginning of this month, I had the pleasure of attending a U2 concert. Bono’s voice carries a mesmerizing tone and at this concert the crowd sensed his sadness when he belted out the song, “Iris,” a tribute to his mother (who passed away when Bono was fourteen). The most touching line of the night came from Bono who said “I became an artist when I lost my mother.”