I didn’t see it coming


It happened again.

I didn’t see it coming.

On my drive to work this morning, I felt happy.


What could have caused this condition?

Oh, I don’t know.

Maybe it’s because my kids slept from 8:00 pm until 7:30 am. And since I dropped off at 9:43, woke what felt like ten minutes later when my alarm sounded at 6:02, turned it off and slept till 7, I did some fancy math and found out I slept more than eight hours straight!

After a full day, I crashed into a beautiful suspension of consciousness. In the process I experienced a total of zero dreams, zero nightmares, zero wake-up calls, and zero attempts to stop partner from snoring. This is no mean feat in our house.

As my eldest would say, “yeah baby!

Maybe it’s because the past two days have been sunnyblueskiesgloriouslyspringlike and the sun is still shining on a Monday!

Last month was so rainy that the 50th anniversary of a traditional Easter Egg hunt was cancelled because the fields where kids search for eggs and parents search for parking spots were drenched and deemed unsafe. Along with the grass, my spirit sunk during the dampness of March. It was so depressing. I fully confess to being a big grump about the weather.

But when the sensation of joy returns – what power it has to change the way I approach a day! It feels so indulgent. What made it come back?

Maybe it’s because I had this fragrant, oversized glass of wine last night after the kids finally went to sleep. The wine tasted delicious but was made even more so knowing I was imbibing an unexpected birthday gift from two of my dearest friends in the world. I knew the bottle was selected with love and goodness, and that makes me happy. I drank the wine with my husband and another cherished friend and that makes me happy, too.

Fellow oenophiles, you can find this bottle of Zinfandel from Bella Winery of Sonoma County, and you should, because it tastes like pepper and blackberries, and it’s made from dark lush grapes that knew sunshine.

And rain.

Despite the Happy Easter greetings and photos, yesterday was not really such a fantastic day, you see.

It was actually a very long day during which we had to tirelessly break up fights between brothers who can bring one another to tears in a heartbeat and then dissolve into silly giggles moments afterwards. We were in constant motion, beginning with a living room egg hunt in which the boys broke their fast with jelly beans – which, by the way, were really invented as a critical negotiation tool for parents – and which, also, cause dangerous spikes in blood sugar that crash unless more beans are immediately procured – and thus, inevitably cause great distress in the end for all involved parties.

The day included soccer in the park, backyard climbing, egg hunting, mashed potato making and splinter removing. You can guess which was least fun.

I resolve to procure no more jellybeans.

Well, at least not until Easter 2013.

But maybe happiness showed up because in the midst of yesterday’s busy holiday dinner preparations, I looked outside to see my dog stretched out in the sunshine and he was smiling. And if you know my Labrador, then you know he tends to look sad with his dark, noble eyes.

Maybe, just maybe, this unexpected feeling of joy and light arrived on the scene for some of these reasons. Or for no reason at all.

It is welcome to stay for a while.


44 thoughts on “I didn’t see it coming

  1. Cool picture.
    My children interact like that as well.
    Sleep is a beautiful thing.

  2. kepadilla says:

    Sara, you have a gift.
    Love, Mom

  3. Melissa says:

    love this sara! henry had jellybeans for breakfast at Nana’s on saturday too 🙂 it’s great when you can have a joyful day despite the day to day drama that always unfolds. it shows how wonderful your life really is at its core.

  4. evafannon says:

    Amazing how the sun lifts our spirits after the dull winter weather! I think I was smiling all day despite not feeling so great. Cheers Sara!

  5. Julia says:

    It’s wonderful when happiness finds us; especially when we least expect it.

  6. triciaraisinghumans says:

    I so know this feeling – unexpected happiness for reasons that might be as simple as sunshine but that we can never really identify. And I love it! Hope it sticks around for you for quite some time – or at least until the jelly bean withdrawl symptoms have disappeared 🙂

  7. ADO says:

    Here’s to the happiness hanging around a while longer! (-:

  8. “But when the sensation of joy returns – what power it has to change the way I approach a day! It feels so indulgent.”
    I totally agree with this, 100%. Those days where the joy overtakes you almost has the feeling of guilt that you get to be so darn happy. I love those days!

  9. Happy! I love it when happy happy happy shows up. Keep it around!

  10. Mayor Gia says:

    Yay! Good to hear that you’re happy!!!

  11. Stephanie says:

    It’s amazing how much sleep can affect happiness levels!

  12. It is wonderful when all the important parts of your life get the memo and change for the better… a complete bonus when they happen all at once! What a wonderful week for you! I am happy you were able to recognize each moment and completely embrace them!!!

  13. Happiness is good. Embrace it, yes!

  14. morethanmommies says:

    wish we could just bottle that happiness and pop it open whenever we want. A glass of wine before bed sounds wonderful…must buy a bottle soon!

  15. ali says:

    My bets are it was the sleep that did it. Oh how I yearn for sleep! But all are good reasons to smile and I’m glad they came to you!

  16. oh wow! excellent post! I’m needing that sleep right about now. Soon…..

  17. Stacey says:

    Ahhh, love this! Hope the happiness sticks around for a bit! And thanks for the wine rec! 🙂

  18. XLMIC says:

    This is great! A happy day in the life…and you take us right into it 🙂 I so miss getting sleep!

  19. stephanie says:

    Wonderful to celebrate contentment. We don’t hear about it often enough. More often we feel a need to vent. So it’s nice to read of happiness, life as we would like it to be. I happen to live in Sonoma County. I agree Bella wines are good. My post is about vineyards, in fact. I have ambiguous feelings about them. Be that as it may your post is soothing.

  20. Those moments when you realize you’re happy are so wonderful! And the sleeping, yeah, that would make me happy too!

  21. Pondering happiness. I like how you think. The other day, I looked across the street and saw my neighbor’s dog, a very old overweight hound, squirming around on his back in the green grass beneath the blue sky…I hope your joy stays with you for a very long time.

  22. What a gorgeous picture!! And sleep is a beautiful thing…

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