May 2021

by Tom Swift

16 Sunday

  • A mowed lawn.
  • A happy dog.
  • Ball time.
  • Lots of outside time.
  • The pleasure of exhaustion.
  • Stranger on the Earth.
  • Spinach.
  • The Writer’s Almanac.
  • Chocolate and coconut.

15 Saturday

  • When you are forced to look in the mirror.
  • Sadness.
  • Signs of the passage of time.
  • The gray in your dog’s brow.
  • Facing it.
  • Hamburgers with cold cheese.
  • Being outside your house without your phone.

14 Friday

  • Perfect morning and the lilacs in bloom.
  • Fast weeks.
  • The chance to come back.
  • Kind words.
  • Laughter at work.
  • Reps between words.
  • L-sits.
  • The summer comforter.
  • Falling asleep in an instant.
  • Squirrels that duke it out on the side of trees.
  • That old rabbit you saw the other night. Not long for this world. May his spirit know peace.

10 Monday

  • When you are so content at the end of the weekend you don’t want to go to bed.
  • Your words.
  • Dreams: what does 1 p.m. mean?
  • Charles Bukowski.
  • Digestive dog food.

9 Sunday

  • Morning words. So much clearer than evening ones.
  • 9-volt batteries.
  • Moms. Where would the world be without them?
  • Light that breaks through darkness.
  • Hunger.
  • The dog at the end of the block. Be well, big guy.
  • Early sun.
  • The yellow found on the backs of certain birds. Goldfinches. Warblers.
  • Tree guides.
  • The connective power of knowing the right name.

8 Saturday

  • Historic photographs.
  • Research.
  • Air conditioning.
  • The year 1920.
  • Quiet mornings.
  • Apples and almond butter.

7 Friday

  • Vacuuming in the morning.
  • Seeing someone’s eyes light up in response you again.
  • Dialectic.
  • Progress with a particularly difficult decision.
  • Brisk morning walks.
  • The chance to be funny.
  • Being slightly less mindless than you used to be.
  • Greek yogurt + cottage cheese + frozen blueberries = yum.

5 Wednesday

  • Tough decisions.
  • Trying new ways of doing things.
  • Conflict avoided.
  • Hearing from an old friend.
  • Your eyes.
  • Your instinct.
  • Mini cucumbers.
  • Confrontations with your notions of identity.
  • Mini workouts.

3 Monday

  • Writing weekends.
  • Building the writing muscle.
  • Great conversation.
  • Being able to workout outside in shorts before 6 a.m.
  • Morning floor time with the little buddy.
  • Edward James Olmos.
  • The view from your porch.
  • Birds that sing.
  • Evening showers.
  • Wayne Gretzky.
  • Farmer Carries.

2 Sunday

  • When it’s warm on your porch at night.
  • Having the neighborhood to yourself on the early morning walk.
  • When your dog wants to sprint home.
  • Being able to wear shorts before 6 a.m.
  • Leftover spaghetti.
  • What biographies of others can teach you about yourself.
  • When the outline of a project just comes to you without trying the morning after you have been asked to complete it.
  • Granny Smith apples.

1 Saturday

  • Time to write.
  • The sound of a fan blowing.
  • The chance to be creative.
  • Meatballs out of the oven.
  • Honesty.
  • Clear writing in a business setting.
  • Your humor.
  • Squats.
  • The chance to care for your little buddy.