- My child running toward a gaggle of ducks and watching her glee as they take off in flight
- The I-just-want-to-cry feeling when I see beautiful textiles, embroideries, or dresses
- The happy feeling of nourishing someone with a delicious meal when I know they’ve had a rough time
- Finding out I love honey and honey baths especially, which make me think of bees swarming a nest in the distance on a warm September afternoon
- A once favorite perfume, rediscovered
- Seeing a loved one’s face suddenly in an unexpected place, like my sister’s when she showed up at my office one day to take me to lunch
- The lone female soprano whose voice sails high above the others during a choral performance
Friday, September 6, 2013
In Greek mythology, Halcyon Days were the seven temperate winter days without storms that occurred when a lovely young wife transformed into a bird to reunite with her beloved husband who died. Here in New England, we are in the midst of seven Halcyon days of lovely early fall weather. I am sleeping “deep in the mattress” with cool breezes and deep dark nights to envelope me.
In my reveries, I recounted some Halcyon Days from this summer which is now almost passed: the party I hosted for my daughter’s engagement stands out, as does a long languid afternoon or two spent with my sister and mother. We had two trips to The Ocean House for iced tea on the veranda, and last Friday night I had dinner with my best friends from high school. Also, my first best friend and her mother visited for a day of laughter and memories. These summer days didn’t pass in rows of seven but they are bright spots on summer’s tapestry. There were some sad spots too: another friend from high school who lives far away, lost her beautiful daughter Haley in a boating accident and my beau has been ill and hospitalized.
No one can deny that the world is on the brink and so I dreamed about it a few weeks ago and had a calming vision. Not one to put stock in such things, I did take with me the message “All will be well”. And so in the spirit of that dispatch, I’ve come up with some Halcyon moments I experienced in the past and also some things I just like very much:
What are your Halcyon moments? Have you got seven?