My kid skipped home after school today. I tried to get it on video.
I clearly failed to capture the skipping, but do you see what I did capture?
Unless the weather is crappy, I get to see that beautiful mountain on the walk home from my son’s school twice every day. Today it looks especially spectacular, as it received a fresh blanket of snow recently.
It made me consider all the constants in my life – the mountain is one, as is my kid being joyful as we walk together.
Another is my cat, who loves chin rubs.
Another is how a trendy coffee shop downtown decorates their lattes.
Another is this:
Soccer? Well, maybe, depending on where you are in the world. This is a photograph that’s on display at a local museum. It was taken in the 1920’s on my college campus, and the reason I took the pic is that creepy looking building in the background was my freshman dorm. It was built in 1908. I moved in 90 years later.
Friday is Inauguration Day, and judging from social media posts, I know it will be celebratory for some and stressful for others. Many are fearful of what lies on the other side of January 20th. I don’t want this post to result in political battles, so I’ll simply say I’m on the nervous side. No one, no matter which side they’re on, can predict what will happen with certainty. And in times like these, I’ve found it helps to remember the constants.
The mountain will still be there on Saturday. And next week. And next year. And probably for at least the next few millennia.
For the next few years, I hope, my kid will still skip home from school.
The cat will love chin rubs for as long as he lives.
The coffee shop will continue to make art.
And my old dorm will continue to stand, as it has for the last 109 years.
It’s okay to be nervous and also be comforted by the constants at the same time. The constants will be there no matter how things turn out.
What are some comforting constants in your life?