Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week. These posts may grow or change as time passes. Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!
May 5 – 11, 2018
1. Having the entire family together.
Never before have I laughed and loved so much in a single day.
2. Learning life lessons from my older brother.
I went to lunch with Brother on Thursday. While I worried that the cook was too slow and I would be late for work, Brother tried to teach me to relax and enjoy the moments.
3. American Romanticism
Earlier this week, I started my third graduate-level course: American Romanticism. The imaginative works of Washington Irving are a breath of fresh air after a burdensome philosophy class. “Sonnet–to an American Painter Departing for Europe” by William Cullen Bryant was my favorite poem from this week’s assigned reading.
Thine eyes shall see the light of distant skies:
Yet, Cole! thy heart shall bear to Europe’s strand
A living image of thy native land,
Such as on thy own glorious canvass lies.
Lone lakes–savannahs where the bison roves–
Rocks rich with summer garlands–solemn streams–
Skies, where the desert eagle wheels and screams–
Spring bloom and autumn blaze of boundless groves.
Fair scenes shall greet thee where thou goest–fair,
But different–every where the trace of men,
Paths, homes, graves, ruins, from the lowest glen
To where life shrinks from the fierce Alpine air.
Gaze on them, till the tears shall dim thy sight,
But keep that earlier, wilder image bright.