Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Cool Side of the Pillow


The other night as I was passing through the family room I heard Frank Gifford say " like the cool side of the pillow." I am not sure it was he (it was a football game) nor under what circumstances he said it, but it has been on my mind ever since. My first thought was that it was such a great example of the universality of the human condition that most authors strive for.

Since then I have been thinking of all other kinds of things that reflect the same recognizable tie to mankind everywhere. Little things that make our lives better--things that we take for granted. Like the ray of sunshine that I get dressed under (when it is sunny) every morning. Its warmth comes down so far--all the way from the heavens and is so welcome and so warm. (I's retired so I can get up after the sun comes up)

Some of the other things I thought of are sort of the same thing but not as good an example as Frank's remark. Maybe you can think of some other ones that are better.

Marveling at the beauty of a full moon as it shines on the lake or on the new fallen snow.

Loving the aroma of bread baking in the oven.

Holding our breath at the heavenly show put on by the Plieads August 12th. (I saw these as I went for a walk the night Julie was born and I thought it meant that she would become famous some day. She might--you never know!!!!)

Feeling content with the first gulp of coffee in the morning.

Enjoying the warmth that comes from a fire place after being outside on a cold day.

Loving a dog who loves you back without reservations.

Surprised and pleased by the first soft breeze of Spring.

Lulled by the sound of the waves hitting the shore of our favorite lake. This love of water is surely universal and evidenced by the high prices of lake property and the scarcity of same

Scenes from my favorite lake in Minnesota.





I'm sure you will think of many of your own universal truths. Share them with us!!!! Best of all this is all free to everyone and a host of happy thoughts.

17 comments:

Blipfillypicklepoo said...

Loved your post. Even the title made me smile. One of my favorite ~ The first whiff of lilacs blowing in the open windows in the spring. Wonderful.
Am new to your blog and very much enjoying it. Thanks for adding your interesting voice to the mix.

yaya said...

The sound of my grandkiddos when they say "YaYa!!" The peacefulness of sitting by a campfire and looking at stars. The look on a person's face when opening a special gift. The smell of my Mom's perfume when I hug her. The blue of my honey's eyes! So many wonderful, small moments that make life fun. Thanks Bernie for this post! Happy New Year!

Stacy Crawford said...

My favorite lake in MN is Leech Lake, or the more quiet Oxyoke where my in-laws live. The giggle my husband gives when he thinks something is really funny. The way my daughter is always happy and carefree. The way my son always gets back up when he gets knocked down. I love your post. Thanks for the thoughts.

June said...

Fresh sheets on the bed.
Pure heaven on earth.

Cucipata said...

Loved your post and your spirit, there are always treasures out there for all of us to find at all stages of life.

Donna said...

Yes, a million "little" things that make life worth living...or at least make it more pleasant. Sweet things that make one smile. Posts that form far-away bonds between folks that bring a little joy into their lives...thankyou.

becky said...

Happy New Year, Bernie!!!
I love how you appreciate the simple things... and yes, the things that we take for granted in our busy lives.
Some of my favorite things~
a good nights sleep, and endless cup of coffee, the love of family, the warmth of sunshine on my skin, a beautiful sunrise or sunset, making someone smile, wildflowers in spring, the feel of clay in my hands, a handwritten note... well, I could go on & on, but I don't want to take up all the space on your blog!
Have the Happiest of New Years, Bernie!

Professional1984 said...

The inspriring messages that come from those older and wiser than yourself!

Happy 2011 Bernie!

Deb Shucka said...

What a lovely list, Bernie, and the perfect way to say goodbye to the old year. The sound of a child's laughter is high on my list.

Fragrant Liar said...

Happy New Year, Bernie! I love your list, and the cool side of the pillow is a great expression.

Big hugs to you,
Kimber

The Book Nut said...

I too think the sound of children's laughter is one of the best!

A rainbow on a dreary day.

My wife's loving embrace when I get home from work.

An art project made by little hands.

Pancakes and sausage links.

This was a wonderful post. I got so busy I almost missed it but I'm so glad I didn't! :) Have a wonderful 2011!!

Ruthibelle said...

the taste of freshly-baked bread with butter ...

milky hot chocolate!!

a good book on a quiet evening

sunsets

sunrises

rainbows

smiles...

happy new year bernie.

May 2011 bring you unprecedented joy.

Anita said...

Looking at a perfect blue sky with a few white clouds.

A few minutes (or more) of total silence; the only thing being heard is white noise. It's a good time for thinking and soaking the surroundings all in.

What a nice, thoughtful post. I hope your readers will have a time of appreciation.

Wishing you a peaceful and fulfilling new year. Bernie. :)

Wanda..... said...

Your post makes me feel so content, Bernie. You actually posted it on the day my husband came home from the hospital. Thank you for your thoughts during that time...so glad to be visiting here today!

yaya said...

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Joey said...

Thank you for making me happy. There are so many small things in my life that do that for me. Especially my grandson's dancing, and my dog's licks.

Oh, and M&M's.
Joey

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