May 2020

by Tom Swift

31 Sunday

  • Your home.
  • Your neighbors.
  • Your safety.

30 Saturday

  • Your home.
  • Your neighbors.
  • People who check in on you.

29 Friday

  • Grilled-cheese sandwiches.
  • Late-night phone calls.
  • Cool air in the early morning.
  • Thank you notes.
  • Filing a piece and moving on.
  • The end of a long short week.
  • When you get an email from someone famous.

28 Thursday

  • Safety.
  • Justice.
  • People who care about what’s right.
  • When your little buddy tells you he wants to play ball in the backyard.
  • Being done mowing the front yard.
  • When you need chocolate and you have multiple options to choose from at the ready.

27 Wednesday

  • Stoic book club night.
  • Old SNL skits that take you back.
  • The compound effect of a lot of reading.
  • Getting the little buddy a little extra rest when he needs it.

26 Tuesday

  • When the to-do list gets small.
  • When you follow your own plan.
  • Doing what you can do and being good with that.
  • Sweat.
  • Sun.
  • Sitting outside.
  • The promise of a summer storm.

25 Monday

  • The birth of your father.
  • A very generous gift from your parents.
  • A kind offer from a stranger.
  • Taking care of your fallen friend (tree).
  • An offering to your neighbor who has been quite neighborly of late.
  • A conversation with another neighbor.
  • Car rides with your little buddy.
  • A free celebratory meal with brownies and ice cream for dessert.

22 Friday

  • The chance to communicate with written words.
  • Vulnerability.
  • Signs of increased resilience.
  • Being good at something.
  • Reading.
  • Sweet potatoes.
  • Writing assignments.
  • A full weekend ahead with plenty of downtime, too.

21 Thursday

  • Watching an extra episode.
  • When you are an efficient problem-solver.
  • The blahs.
  • Your health.
  • Deadness.
  • The promise of the end of the week.
  • Hamburger Mac-n-Cheese.

20 Wednesday

  • An extra 10 percent off.
  • Extra time in the evening.
  • Summer nights.
  • Your home.
  • Your oven.
  • Your porch.
  • Your values.
  • Not wanting to be anywhere else doing anything else.
  • Cinnamon.

19 Tuesday

  • A clean house.
  • Human interaction.
  • An extra walk.
  • When the energy bill is lower than you expected.
  • Front porches.

18 Monday

  • The crabapple tree no longer with us.
  • A new challenge.
  • Kind neighbors.
  • Time to breathe.
  • A free lawnmower.
  • Leftover salmon when you need a quick lunch.
  • Your immune system.
  • Vitamin C.

17 Sunday

  • Puddles.
  • Meditation time.
  • Getting back on track.
  • Bonus walks.
  • Knowing what to do when a common conflict arises.
  • A break from the common energy.
  • Homemade hamburgers.

16 Saturday

  • Reminders of how far you have come.
  • When you see your address on a screen and it makes you happy.
  • Expanding your self-awareness by even just a little. So empowering.
  • Reading time.
  • Finding a new show. Been so long.
  • Cooking the potatoes before the eyes on them start winking at you.

15 Friday

  • The chance to teach.
  • The end of the week.
  • Doing your best. Then letting go.
  • A friend’s call, insight, humor.
  • The ends of each day. Your favorite times.
  • Gorilla glue.

14 Thursday

  • What it feels like to cleanly and fully pull a dandelion, root and all, out of the ground. So satisfying.
  • When you work late and yet it’s still warm enough and light enough for a leisurely walk.
  • Getting to the grocery store and back. Feels so good to get that done. Not as stressful as it was a month ago.
  • Late dinner. Lemon-pepper chicken.
  • Recycling day.
  • Your oven.
  • Boredom.

13 Wednesday

  • Letters.
  • Eggs.
  • Lights.
  • Leftover steak.
  • Leaving the doors open.
  • The promise of rain.
  • A free find — thanks to your neighbor.

12 Tuesday

  • Three-walk days.
  • Buds of life where you thought there was death.
  • When your dog invites you to come down on the rug and love him up.
  • The extra time quarantine has afforded you with your dog.
  • The chance to be creative during the work day.
  • Lenny’s cookies cooled in the fridge.

11 Monday

  • Those who put bowls of water out on their sidewalks for dogs that are not their own. Gotta be a special place in heaven for these people.
  • Getting outside for sun morning, noon, and night.

10 Sunday

  • Free education.
  • Running in the neighborhood with your dog.
  • The good that comes when you tune out the news that brings you down.
  • The good that comes when you get news that you don’t allow to get you down.
  • Boundaries.
  • Mom.
  • Paying off the credit card each month. Early.
  • Rejuve time.
  • Mobility time.
  • Planning time.
  • Early dinner.
  • Early bedtime.
  • A hungry dog.
  • The chance to learn about control.

9 Saturday

  • The chance to talk about Emerson with some smart people.
  • Deleting old emails.
  • Organizing anything.
  • Extra reading time.
  • Finding a new sports movie in which the good guys win in the end.
  • Rain showers.
  • A much-needed nap.

6 Wednesday

  • Breaks.
  • Sun.
  • What the body says.
  • Nighttime showers.
  • Knowing care is coming.

5 Tuesday

  • Routine.
  • Working out outside.
  • Running with your dog.
  • Cool air and sunshine is an underrated combo.
  • Editing time. You could edit all day. It’s the first draft that drains.
  • Frozen pizza night.
  • Finding a new (to you) chocolate frozen treat with, of course, coconut. It’s all the rage now.
  • Symmetry: 05/05.
  • People who make cool chairs out of plastic thrown into the ocean.

4 Monday

  • Figuring out the root of a problem.
  • Accepting a challenge.
  • Starting a new book.
  • Looking at an old one.
  • Birds that come to visit.
  • Dreams with numbers.

3 Sunday

  • Reminders of how short our time is.
  • A new dressing.
  • Delicious days.
  • When you write it good.
  • Salmon.
  • When you turn anger into energy.
  • The anticipation of chocolate treats.

2 Saturday

  • Green plants.
  • Time to sit out in the sun.
  • Maddie, the clerk who rang up your groceries — two weeks worth — at the store.
  • Going to the grocery store. It’s stressful now, to be sure, but it feels good to have gone.
  • Weekend time — to be both idle and productive in the ways you want to be.
  • Taking steps that help you feel the forward motion of life.
  • Sweet coleslaw.

1 Friday

  • Outside. Nighttime. Shirtsleeves. Under the lights. Slight breeze. Yeah.
  • A big bowl of frozen blueberries.
  • Moving forward.
  • Grass.
  • Ants.
  • Red doors.
  • The sound of voices in the distance.
  • Having your own little perch on the world.