The Sound of Music was on TV the other night; the film is 52 years old. Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews are Very Young — ah, the memories. I saw the film with Charles, my then boyfriend; I was a sophomore in college. The film is quite long, and seeing it on TV with ads made it interminable. I planned to watch just the beginning, but got hooked and watched through to the very end.
Many of the songs have become iconic, including, of course, “My Favorite Things”. The song has been playing over and over in my mind for several days, prompting me to think of the simple things in life that I call favorites — things that make life good. Here they are in no particular order:
A hot shower after a hard workout. Professional athletes use ice water to relieve pain and lactic acid buildup — there are pics of Tour de France riders sitting in tubs of water and ice cubes. Not for me. Hot water soothes the body and soul — even if the effect is more in my mind than physiological.
That first cup of strong black coffee in the morning. I am getting ready to switch modes to Panamanian coffee, which is a half cup of espresso-strength black coffee, then warm milk to the top, then a couple of spoons of sugar. Friend Jane calls it “dessert coffee”. Gloria knows there is such a thing as “Americano”, but she doesn’t make it. When in Panama I do as the Panamanians do — dessert coffee all the way.
The look on Archie and Else’s faces when they see me and cry out “Grammie!”
Seeing a perfect rose in the dead of winter in Karen’s garden.
Having a friend say, “Would you like to…”.
Knowing that my visit to Panama last month brought strength to Minga as she lives out her ordeal of dialysis.
I’m sure this isn’t a whole list, but you get the idea. Do you have some favorite things like this?