An ideal day:
Waking to an aroma:
wintry morn: eggs and peppers and mushrooms and onions frying
any other season: the gentle breeze carries the perfume of budding or flowering plants outside the window.
breakfast fuels my body, preparing me for whatever tasks are awaiting me
hot tea (with a full spoon of sugar and a piece of lemon or lime) is my favored tasty accompaniment to add sweet warmth and liquid to my breakfast.
Hearing friendly greetings, whether at work or here at home with birds singing their thanks for the bird food that I give generously because I love their birdsongs. Sometimes the grandchildren visit and mow or otherwise maintain the land husband and I can hardly keep up with.
Smelling whatever is in the air is usually a likable experience. Grass, flowers, neighbor’s apple trees are all nice smells that energize; while not so nice smells — such as a deer carcass that the vultures have been picking at — compel me to get some lime dust to cover the carcass and speed the process of feeding the land.
Checking emails is a common task whether at home or at work. Reading messages activates my brain with joy or problem solving. Messages from family or friends are simple reminders, easy requests, or good questions. In this phase of life, I am working part-time for a Community Action Agency, so any problem solving is invigorating. We are always striving to help those who need assistance, and we often find ways to do that.
Lunch and dinner are savoring times for the tongue. Cleaning up pans and dishes are never a bother anymore since the two of us don’t create much of a challenge for warm soapy water, accompanied by a cloth or a scrubby.
Evenings are best when we meet with the writer friends. Hearing their current projects is a terrific thrill — even more thrilling than a polished book is the raw beauty of a work in progress. When we are able to meet in person, there are delicious treats to add the sweetest flair to an already delightful evening.
Our evenings usually close with a game of Backgammon, because it is good for the mind to have some steady traditions. And our brains get exercised because we are well matched in skill.
If there are any other pleasures in these ideal days, those under the covers thrills are for us to muse about, but not publish.
By Nancy Ann Smith, Amherst, Ohio
June 27, 2020 Poetry Marathon