Ordinary Joy (#reverb10)

As usual, I can’t confine myself to the rules so I will write about two moments, not one (and since one of them is recurring, it’s really cheating).

The happiest time of day for me is the evening ritual my husband and I have developed. Unless one of us have an evening obligation, we always stop working (whether we’ve been at home or on campus that day) by 6 p.m. or so. We then sit down to cocktail hour, followed by cooking dinner (or occasionally going out or ordering takeout); we use this time to catch up with each other and to chat about our days, current projects, etc. It’s a ritual that almost never varies and that I would truly be lost without it. We even replicate when we travel insofar as that is possible.

I’m not sure if my other moment truly counts as “ordinary” since it was at a party, which is not something I do every day. On the other hand, it was at a fundraiser for a non-profit (in this case, the ACLU), and thanks to my job, it is relatively ordinary for me to attend those types of events. This was, then, just another evening, hanging out with husband and friends at a party — but wait, there was also a photo booth on hand. And truly, there is no joy like the joy of squeezing a bunch of people into a photo booth 🙂

Note: This is my response to the #reverb10 prompt for December 27. #reverb10 is  an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next. Each day has a prompt. The prompt for December 27 is: “Ordinary joy. Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year?”

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