April 2020

by Tom Swift

30 Thursday

  • Doing the right thing.
  • Doing well.
  • Not trying to be perfect.
  • Perfect weather.
  • Mac-n-cheese.
  • Cashing in rewards.
  • Fast Thursday afternoons.
  • Sardines.

29 Wednesday

  • Reading time.
  • Outside time.
  • The crock pot.
  • It’s been nearly two weeks since you went to the grocery store and you are easily going to make it.
  • A great aunt who was a great woman. Born on this day.
  • People who expose blatant hypocrisy. No one is wholly consistent but … sheesh.
  • Hearing from a stranger who liked your work.
  • People who can’t help but make you laugh.

28 Tuesday

  • A trustworthy, capable mechanic.
  • Driving. It’s so weird now.
  • Going to the park with your little buddy riding shotgun.
  • The way your dog still leaps into your lap when you are going to go for a “ride.”
  • Cash back.
  • Egg and hamburger.
  • Still being able to eke out “fresh” vegetables 10-plus days after going to the grocery store.
  • Rain.

27 Monday

  • Mondays that are every bit as Monday-ish as they can be. You have to love it all.
  • An extra meandering stroll around the block late in the evening just because we can.
  • Weather than defines the word comfortable.
  • Car problems when you aren’t even driving your car. Ha!
  • Frozen pizza night.
  • Modest expectations. Meeting them.
  • The cardinal that posed on your tree yesterday.

26 Sunday

  • Hanging with stoics. Online. But still.
  • Bananas and granola and chia seeds smothered in Greek yogurt. Yum.
  • Afternoon rain. Can’t do yard work when it’s raining. So sad.
  • Cat naps with the dog. Yes, those two things can live together.
  • Clocks that work.
  • Having just enough corn chips.

25 Saturday

  • Learning about anger.
  • Learning new gears in your emotional stick shift.
  • Moving forward.
  • Ending well.
  • Acceptance.
  • Not eating too much.
  • Extra sleep when your body needs it.
  • Finding a dish rack that goes with your countertops.
  • Your countertops.

24 Friday

  • The sort of surprise that stirs all the good stuff inside.
  • Wearing shorts outside for the first time this year.
  • People who sing together in the street.
  • Honey Greek yogurt.
  • Paying off a debt!

23 Thursday

  • Kind neighbors.
  • Lunch break walks.
  • Vivid dreams.
  • Extra rest.
  • Meetings at work. You get to talk to your colleagues.
  • Echinacea.
  • Tuna.
  • The long game.
  • When the world tells you to keep things simple and you do.

22 Wednesday

  • Your job.
  • The people you work with.
  • This challenging time.
  • The chance to help others.
  • The sun.
  • Being able to take a long walk without wearing a jacket.
  • Your home.
  • Spaghetti night. Because sometimes extra carbs are what the doctor would order.

21 Tuesday

  • Imperfections.
  • Opportunities for acceptance.
  • Positive feedback.
  • Your resilience now.
  • Taking a break at the end of the day.
  • Environmental changes. Even those inside the home.
  • The calming power of the breath.
  • Seneca.
  • Fish sandwiches with your favorite tartar sauce.

20 Monday

  • Your energy bill.
  • When mystery mail turns out to be something useful.
  • Moving forward. Not always easy for you.
  • Bob Ryan.
  • Pumpkin flax granola somethingorother cereal. Whatever it is, it’s yummy.
  • A full fridge.
  • Wind.
  • Rain.
  • Patience.

19 Sunday

  • The good that happens when truth is shared.
  • The feeling of your dog’s chin on your foot.
  • The people who work at Trader Joe’s.
  • Having enough food for a good while.
  • Having extra mental energy.
  • Mobile deposit. Cool.
  • Neighbors who give you a jump.

18 Saturday

  • Organization. Order your room, order your soul. Or something like that.
  • Chaos. Love that, too.
  • Being fired up.
  • Reaching out.
  • Getting all the clothes folded.
  • Opening the doors and letting the sun come in.

17 Friday

  • Short, fast Fridays.
  • Filing your piece on time.
  • Finding out — in double time — your editor is happy with said piece.
  • The squirrel that left a big snack on your fence. Is that a scone?
  • Big dinners.

16 Thursday

  • Being able to walk late.
  • Keeping plants alive for like a whole year.
  • Recycling day.
  • Having enough.
  • When your dog comes home from a not-short walk then chases his ball around like a canine gone mad.

15 Wednesday

  • A kind handyman.
  • Good customer service. And at an ISP no less!
  • Salmon and potatoes and arugula.
  • Kindness.
  • Judgment.
  • Writing all day.
  • The sound of really smart people on the pages of books.
  • Your immune system.
  • Cottage cheese and yogurt and a banana with chia seeds. Just made it up!

14 Tuesday

  • Trees.
  • Extra writing time.
  • Short weeks.
  • Short workouts.
  • Long walks.
  • Good meals.
  • Grass.
  • The fridge.
  • Hot water.
  • Your health.
  • Chaos.
  • Confusion.
  • Judgment.
  • Lime juice.

13 Monday

  • The energy to organize.
  • The chance to teach.
  • Mondays that are like Fridays.
  • Mental signposts of growth.
  • Sleeping heavy.
  • The way your plants look on your bookshelf.
  • Short walks in the sun during breaks from work.

12 Sunday

  • Sunday Snow Day.
  • Mind on fire.
  • More time to think.
  • Being in the presence of great minds — in print anyway.
  • Large baked potatoes.
  • Paying the bill the day it arrives.
  • Learning about philosophy.
  • Doing something new with a familiar space.
  • Olive oil.

11 Saturday

  • Discovering a new layer of self-understanding.
  • When you don’t have to say much to participate in the group.
  • Stoicism.
  • Being on fire most of the day — other than during nap time, of course.
  • Salad with freshly diced chicken and sesame vinaigrette.
  • 59 degrees.

10 Friday

  • Crispy chili.
  • The chance to teach.
  • The squirrel that taunts your dog from the top of a tree branch.
  • Pay day.

9 Thursday

  • The dependability and predictability of Trader Joe’s.
  • The unpredictability of Minnesota weather. Snow in April!
  • Extra long mornings.
  • Not having a commute when you have to work late.
  • Having chips to go with the chili you are hankering for.
  • Sunlight past 7.
  • Lime juice.

8 Wednesday

  • The moon.
  • Nurses.
  • Chicken.
  • Grocery store clerks and shelvers.
  • Being able to spend so much time with your little buddy.
  • Shared pictures.
  • Hunger.
  • Echinacea.
  • Amino acids.
  • All the money you’re saving on gas right now.
  • Vitamin C.

7 Tuesday

  • When the house warms without having the heat on.
  • Morning showers.
  • The first half of the day.
  • The moon tonight.
  • Your garage.
  • Chia seeds on top of your yogurt.
  • Getting a message about your student loans that isn’t a stressful problem you have to deal with.
  • Peas.

6 Monday

  • Journalists who do their best.
  • When the mail comes at lunch, thus avoiding barking during work hours.
  • Being able to do your job with your dog.
  • Big meals. When you need one.
  • Vitamin C.
  • Postal workers.
  • Quiet time.
  • Wall sits.

5 Sunday

  • Video chat time with a kind and comely soul.
  • Extended writing time.
  • Extended reading time.
  • Learning about American history.
  • Walking outside without a jacket.
  • Your dog.
  • Naps.
  • Pea protein shakes.

4 Saturday

  • Long walks in the early evening on comfortable days and the sun still shining.
  • Strangers who wave and say hello from across the street.
  • The power of good company, even if from a distance.
  • Staying active, in short bursts throughout the day.
  • Writing time.
  • A clean comforter right out of the dryer.
  • Chia seeds.

3 Friday

  • Short workouts.
  • Surviving the grocery store. At least so far. Check back in 10 days.
  • Cheerios.
  • A freezer full.
  • The healing power of broccoli.
  • Your job.

2 Thursday

  • Reminders of what you must do.
  • Signs that you need to adjust.
  • Confidence to know this, too, shall pass.
  • Perfectly cooked steak.

1 Wednesday

  • Being able to eat lunch outside.
  • Calm days.
  • Food breaks.
  • Sardines and broccoli. You feel so good after.
  • Oatmeal. Comfort food that’s good for you.
  • Hump day.
  • Smart people that write for good magazines.
  • Democracy.
  • People who care more about democracy than they do about their personal or political status.
  • April. No foolin’.