How did I spend Memorial Day? I sat outside reading and tried to stay alert to the small, beautiful things happening around me: the birds chattering, an ant carrying around a speck nearly as large as its body. This little ant made me happy and reminded me that now is an important time to keep our eyes open for the simple pleasures in life, especially as other indulgences like vacations, coffee shops, and gatherings with family and friends are on hold.
Some of my favorite books celebrate simple pleasures, like The Book of Delights by Ross Gay and Little Weirds by Jenny Slate. I think the world would be a much better place if more people thought like Ross Gay.
For this week's writing prompt, write a scene or short essay that celebrates a small, simple pleasure. For inspiration, take a deep breath and find something in the room that brings you great joy, or think of an activity you've done recently that brought you happiness.
Post your response (500 words or fewer) in the comments below.
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