Thought I’d jump in for the prompt of “Grapes” today, with a little chipmunk eating some ripening ones. While I’ve always celebrated April as my birthday month, today is actually the official day of my birth (and I was even born on a Tuesday!). Also, it’s a bit of a milestone as I’m turning 50 years old today. This was the number that came with a lot more of those extra little wishes of things I’d love to accomplish by this time. But truly, it just feels sort of great that I’ve lived a happy life for 50 years. Things haven’t always gone as planned and there’s a lot on that massive list that I wasn’t quite able to DO, but I did manage to check quite a few things off. My dream since childhood was to write and illustrate a picture book, and I just received proof copies of both the paperback and hardback versions of my book today! So that was a fun first gift, and those will be available to purchase in the next couple of weeks. I’m really proud of this new book as it feels like the start of a fun new journey. And I’m excited to keep right on sketching stuff all the way through this next new decade!
Tonight, however, I’m most excited to have a glass of champagne and enjoy a lovely dinner with Philippe. And my dog Phineas, of course, as he’ll be right next to us begging for treats the entire time as usual. This weekend, one of my best friends is having a tiny little outdoor party for me so that will be super fun. It’s not quite the same without the hugs, but those will be returning later this year I hope. My last birthday was right after everything went into lockdown and so I didn’t really end up doing anything particularly special for that one. I didn’t even request any presents from Philippe. So, this year, I told him that I DO want presents! Nothing excessive, mind you, but a little something that I could unwrap. There’s not really much that I want, but my inner child just had to have a little something extra this year. I like little happy surprises. They sort of balance out any of the unhappy surprises that crop up in life.
This has definitely been a wildly different sort of year. But, it’s also been a wonderful reminder of the importance of those little things that mean the most in life. There’s not much I need to make me happy when I really consider it. And, as it turns out, I have everything I could want. Well, okay, I do hope the softening butter that I saw on the counter when I left for work this morning means Philippe is making cake later. I could use a bit of that as well. Sure, I also really want hugs again, but I know those too will return in time. Beyond that, I have my wonderful husband and our little dog who is super persnickety, but equally adorable. No matter how stressful the day might become, they are always there to make it all better again each evening. Home isn’t just a place, it’s where a heart feels the safest. And to me, that’s definitely something to treasure.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Hansa Yellow Medium, Vermilion, Quinacridone Red, Opus (Vivid Pink), Leaf Green, Terra Cotta, Phthalo Blue, Cobalt Turquoise, and Indigo. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!