While donning a fresh pair socks is certainly a wonderful thing, I’m sure the same could be said for many other clean bits of apparel. A fresh t-shirt is lovely and, most definitely, one should probably never leave the house without fresh underwear. At least that’s what mothers everywhere warned us, should you find yourself in the unfortunate event of getting into an accident. Apparently being rushed to the ER wearing dingy unmentionables would be an embarrassing occurrence. But, if one is rushed to the ER, I’m pretty sure that’s probably the last thing they’re worrying about in the end, so it’s rather odd sage advice. Fresh sheets are particularly pleasing because you get to bury yourself in the smell of fresh laundered cotton and not simply admire it from above on your feet. Since I’m a few inches over six feet, that’s a particularly long way down. But simply knowing that you’ve covered your feet in something fresh and new is still a good feeling indeed. Second only, of course, to fresh underwear. Thanks, Mom.
Actually, my mother doesn’t like to wear shoes, much less socks. I’ve no idea why, but that’s always how it’s been. I know many people sleep in socks, which to me, would be a terrifying thing. I tend to run incredibly warm and my feet would be melted off by morning. When you’re sleeping with another person, and their feet get a bit cold, socks are definitely appreciated. Feeling the icy chill of cold feet brushing against you can be an alarming thing indeed. But no matter what kind of shoes I’m wearing I do prefer to wear socks as it just seems a bit more sanitary that way. I’ve no idea really, where I’m going with all this, except to say that when it comes to socks and other accessories in life, we each have our own opinions. Truly, we can all agree that oxygen is a rather important thing, but from there it all devolves into our personal preferences. We’re beautifully unique in that way.
But the thrill of something new is a truly incredible and alluring thing. I think that’s why I love making a little doodlewash each day in my sketchbook and writing a little story to accompany it here. Well, story is likely elevating all of this as I really just type as I go, so it’s more of a lively ramble. But, stopping for a little moment to create is one of the most amazing things we can do each day. So many tasks that we regularly perform simply have the effect of making the day move forward. A creative task is one that has the ability to transform it. Taking a rather ordinary day and making it rather extraordinary for just a brief moment in time. A moment that lasts far longer than the act itself. Not creating a masterpiece, but just making a little something that surprised even you when it appeared there on paper. A moment that felt transformative and amazing. And even if nobody else can sense the exact feeling you felt when you painted it, it doesn’t matter in the end. It’s the simplest of life’s pleasures. The kind that matters simply because, in that singular moment, you felt something amazing. Like putting on a fresh pair of socks.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Red Rose Deep, Da Vinci Red, Cobalt Blue, and Payne’s Gray. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
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