Oh, fall! I just love it so much.
After a couple months of collecting books and book character toys and dolls for the school, I finally walked over to the post office this afternoon to mail everything out. As I arrived, I ran into my former fellow cook, Warren, from my last job. Mike and I had just been talking about him last night, as something reminded me of the time a little girl, maybe four years old, came into the restaurant with her parents with a realistic-looking, almost taxidermy-like stuffed frog in her arms. "She carries that everywhere," her mom explained as Warren and I smiled at the girl and her odd stuffed animal. Warren asked the girl what the frog's name was, and she replied, "Tony." :) He and I made it back into the kitchen before we started laughing, but the more we kept repeating it to each other--"Tony! Tony the Frog!"--the funnier it became. Another laugh together on the sidewalk today, then, now seven years later. ♥ Getting more books and characters to the kids made me happy. Having a sweet conservation with the post office clerk as she weighed my first box made me happy. ("You didn't CARRY this here, did you?" ~ "Oh, yes. I don't have a car, so I walk everything over here." [This clerk always comments on how she sees me out on my walks all the time, but she didn't know until today that I walk my packages over too.] ~ "Well, you GO, Girl! You'll be building up those arm muscles! And exercising your legs! Well, it's all good!" She makes me laugh, and it's always a treat to see her.) On my second walk to the post office, a kind man raced to get ahead of me so he could hold the door as I juggled box number two. That also made me happy.
I treated myself to a chocolate almond bar on my way home. As I stopped to snap a picture of the pumpkin display outside the store, another customer asked me if I knew of a good place where she could buy a milkshake. That I actually had the answer to her question made me laugh--Hey! Here's someone leaving the store with a chocolate bar and taking pictures of pumpkins! She must know where good ice cream can be found! And bingo! She does!--and the woman seemed to see the humor in it too, which made it even better. There are days when everyone seems to be on the same pages--the sky is a deep blue, the trees and sidewalks are autumn-awesome, it is seventy-five degrees outside, so let's all just be good to each other and enjoy this life--and today was one of those days. And this was one of this fall's sweetest walks so far. ♥