At the end of the musical “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”, there is a song called “Happiness.” It’s about finding happiness in simple things. Charlie Brown is elated to discover a pencil that “the red-headed girl” had chewed on. The fact she gnawed on her pencil made her “human” in his mind and that thought made him happy. For me today, happiness was found in a row of hooks finally mounted on my office built-ins.
I rolled out of bed this morning and painted the trim, cabinets and bench in my pajamas. I didn’t even take the time to put in my contact lenses (I was wearing my glasses.) I fed my boys and went right for the brush and roller. As soon as the paint was dry, the hardware and hooks went in.
I spent the rest of the day working on small tasks that would give me an excuse to wander in the office to oogle over the glorious built-ins.
I know this must sound totally ridiculous and I know in the grand scheme of things, the built-ins in my home office are thoroughly insignificant, but I envisioned these the second I walked into my house five years ago. It’s been a long wait and I’m excited that they are almost done.
As the song says, “Happiness is anyone or anything at all that’s loved by you.”
I love these built-ins and the guy who built them for me, so it’s a happy day.