Things, at the start of 2018, are changing up bit with the
My word for 2018 is “stoker,” which also means to stir things up, so I am all for this. I admit, I often have a difficult time with change of most kinds, but I am really trying. Still, though the list may have changed and has grown over my lifetime, here is my list of ten favourite things:
Favourite Thing Ten – Water
I love the roar and rush and rumble of waterfalls. It’s the trickling of a stream, brook, or creek. Or, the increasing and then the decreasing of a wave that’s coming and then going, washing in and back out again, leaving ripples in its wake. It’s the blue, green, rocky, sandy bottom of a lake or ocean. It’s my favourite metaphor for life, both the good and the bad of it, the scary and the sublime. Its power and its purity. It’s clear and clean, or heavy with mineral count. It is the refreshment in a glass or the lapping at my feet, pouring down my throat (to filter through my kidney) or threatening to wash me away.
Favourite Thing Nine – Marine Life
These are the creatures that swim, float, glide, or drift. They range from the smallest crustaceans to the largest squid/octopus, jellyfish, ray, or whale. It lives down on the sandy floor, at the deepest depths, or skimming and skidding along its sunlit surface. It is hunt or be hunted, all while storms rage, boats speed on by, nets drift and dangle, and waves carry it all along, currents deciding the course. It’s gills and blowholes and claws and fins and tentacles. It’s all the colours of rainbows in skies above. It’s camouflaging in all shades and underwater backgrounds.
Favourite Thing Eight – Space
It’s my earliest adventure, escape dream. It’s the dark, still, and the silence. It’s the circles and the rings and the orbit. It’s the blue of ice and the yellow/orange of fire from stars and swirling gases that envelop giant planets. It’s massive red spots as storms and dozens of Arctics stacked on one another, all the way out to the outer ranges of the galaxy. It’s yellow, blue and green and white, and red, and black that’s more than night is or will ever be. It’s infinite. It’s out there, somewhere.
Favourite Thing Seven – The Four Seasons
It’s the northern hemisphere and North America, central, southwestern. It is broken up into quarters of a year, here in (north more than south) of Canada. It is the smell of snow, the cold breath of it on my skin, and the feeling of invigoration. It’s the silence of the snow, the rustle of the warm breeze in the trees. It’s the intense heat and the brightness and burning from the sun, the kind to make any exposed skin surface feel like it’s on fire. It’s the birds of every temp, born to brave it or fly away from it, flocking back again. It’s the Canada geese, flying south and coming back home after long wait of months passed. It’s the early darkness, short days, green of new growth and rebirth. It’s the sprinklers and the mowers and the bikes. It’s the rustle and the crunch and the shuffle of dried out leaves. It’s the rain and the mist and the sleet and the snow, wet, soggy, heavy, and slush under boots and shoes. It’s the puddles after the rain and the icy spots before the thaw.
Favourite Thing Six – String Instruments
I love playing with a bow instead of a pick or a reed. I love the melancholy and the heartbreak of such a sound. I love the feeling, the shape of my own personal violin. The wooden body and the strings, stretched by pegs. It’s the deep melody of the cello and my newness, inability to tell difference between violin and viola still. It’s the power of the bow in my right hand, my chin and chest holding up my instrument, while my left arm, hand, fingers hold the neck and both sides of my brain try to figure out how to work separate and yet together, all at once, to produce more than the sound of a tortured animal and more of the notes and the scales I struggle to get straight in my own ear.
Favourite Thing Five – Art
I loved the visual and the sculpting, with lines, shape, colour, word, image, and sound. I love how creativity flows from each of us like unique perfume, like the individuality of every snowflake that falls from the cold sky.
Favourite Thing Four – The Purring of a Cat
I gently place my two fingers on my cat’s throat as he purrs. I feel it reverberate through his whole body as he settles down against my legs. He makes my chronic pain bearable, on the most unbearable of all days.
Favourite Thing Three – Literature
I love how it can be an act of courage, of hope, of truth. I love how, in essence, it sweeps me up and away. I love how it is about all of us and none of us and each of us, individually, on a personal level, still stretching out to infinity and some far off, far flung lands.
Favourite Thing Two – Travel
I can do it on foot, by car, train, bus, boat, or plane. Or, I can do it, go there in my mind, anytime., even as my sight fades and my memory and yearning grow stronger. I love the people and the places and the things. I love how stepping foot somewhere new or old, on returning or first approaching, that I am someone new, on my own, personal journey of discovery and upon discovering.
Favourite Thing Number One – Niece/Nephew Voices and Laughter
It sounds so grown up or only days from becoming words. I love the sweetness of the high pitched and the similar giggling of siblings. I love that it can turn, from sad to joyful in a single second of exuberant speed. I love the ring of it, the jangle of it, and the shimmering, swinging, swooping crystal clarity it brings, on all sides, expanding the walls of my heart as an aunt.
So there it is, my top ten list, not affiliated with David Letterman’s old show. Sure, some things are more to-the-point than others. I can go from the highly specific to the wide expanse of a thing, perhaps giving me the chance to write fifty favourite things, condensed down into ten, abstract or less so, as I hate to choose.
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Most awesome list, Kerry. The power and its purity of water, both in waterfall form and in waves. I love that, and it’s one of my favorites as well, always. There’s nothing that makes me feel less big and small and here and everywhere than water rushing sounds. I wish I’d thought of that. That, and space. The infinity aspect of space is something I’ve been fascinated with since I learned (or started to learn, because can we ever know really???) what “infinity” means. And your last one. The laughter and the pitch and flow… beautiful sounds to choose. I’m so glad you linked up and I love your list although once at the beach this summer, the water was so full of jellyfish that none of us wanted to get in so I’m less sure of the marine life one. 😀
I’m sorry to hear that Kristi. I love those creatures, but I would be nervous to be in water full of them. I actually hear that is a bad sign, that the seas are warming and those are the animals that are adapting and thriving, taking over in coastal areas and open water alike. After all, they have existed since the time of the dinosaurs. I’m sure they will outlive us all.
Glad you enjoyed my list of waterfalls, waves, and infinity.
I love your Listicle! Water, String Instruments, and the Purring of a Cat especially resonate with me.
I think everyone can relate to at least one of the items on my list. Thanks Pat.
I love your list. It makes me want to go somewhere outside of my box to travel and hear the sounds of a waterfall or the waves at a beach. A favorite thing of mine would also be four seasons but in the southeast US, we don’t experience it as beautifully as other places. Love your word for the year that compliments FTSF – perfect. Thanks for linking up and sharing your favorite things.
I like the balance of four different seasons. Thanks.
What an excellent listation! I identify with the draw (and attraction) of each of the items on your list… with a slight reservation on the seventh (cold is not one of my favorite things) and a lack of direct knowledge of your first favorite.
But, even still* eight and three quarters(ish) out of ten ain’t too shabby.**
like the idea of framing the coming year as one which will be stirred up. for me, this place, this medium, this world, virtual is a most excellent place to share the adventure.
*an old, odd idiomatic expression from childhood
** clearly I am unconsciously attempting to validate my enjoyment of your third favoritest thing, ‘the literature’.
Thanks Clark and I figured you wouldn’t be with me on the snow and cold parts. Here’s to stirring things up for the better, on the blog and elsewhere.