April 2021

by Tom Swift

21 Wednesday

  • Your home.
  • The mat that fits just right.
  • Being able to live with your little buddy. To let him out throughout the day.
  • Short weeks.
  • Calm.
  • Compliments.
  • Chicken nuggets with BBQ sauce.

19 Monday

  • Brisk early a.m. walks.
  • Parks with trash cans.
  • Deep sleep.
  • Lost in words on the page.
  • A hungry dog.
  • A Sunday afternoon drink.

18 Sunday

  • Libraries.
  • Sundays.
  • Dreams you can do something with.
  • Morning meditation.
  • Progress.
  • Your name.
  • A second cup of coffee.
  • Spring.
  • Guilt-free afternoon hours.
  • Biography: George Washington.
  • Dreams in which your dog appears.
  • Coffee shops that put out canine water bowls.

17 Saturday

  • The sun.
  • Lunges.
  • Curbside dog food.
  • Time and space to write.
  • That you care about your work.
  • Night lights.

16 Friday

  • Inspiration.
  • Kindness.
  • People who stop you to ask if they can pet your dog.
  • Guys who play music in the park just for tips.
  • Beef and kale and brown rice.
  • Weekend you.

14 Wednesday

  • Melatonin.
  • Sam Harris.
  • Cheese and crackers.
  • Every reminder of what really matters.
  • Kettlebells.
  • Action.

12 Monday

  • Loving Vincent.
  • Shadow Falls Park.
  • 1776.
  • The compound effect of stretching throughout the day.
  • Poop bags.
  • Parks with trash cans.
  • Looping back to an important person from an earlier time in your life.
  • Even-numbered days.

11 Sunday

  • Grocery delivery.
  • Kale.
  • The Work.
  • Morning stretches.
  • Your back.
  • Writing with your dog on your lap.
  • Flow.
  • It’s not what you do but how.
  • Vincent Van Gogh.

6 Tuesday

  • Summer storms. Never mind that’s early spring.
  • NextDoor.
  • Cheap exercise gear.
  • Getting the seed down just in time.
  • Your porch.
  • Your way.
  • A productive night.
  • When the fan blows.
  • An extra pack of oatmeal just because sometime you have to live on the edge.
  • Kids who play in the rain.

4 Sunday

  • Woodpeckers.
  • Ladybugs.
  • A clean bathroom floor.
  • A tired dog.
  • Not having a lot of options.
  • When the essay writes itself.
  • Reasonable expectations.

3 Saturday

  • Colon stretches. Really.
  • Push-ups in the morning.
  • A good night of sleep after a long week.
  • The chance to teach.
  • Steak salad for breakfast.
  • The weekend.
  • Letting go.
  • Your oven.
  • Your yard.
  • Watching your dog go all out for the squirrel who dares broach his border.

2 Friday

  • Walt Whitman.
  • Being in the company, if only virtually, of smart people talking about books.
  • The sound of well-placed words.
  • A dog with a full belly.
  • The chance to teach.
  • Honoring your feelings.
  • Gin and tonic and lime. Just one!
  • An encounter with a great smile.