In honor of our cover story, here are things that have filled me with wonder lately (in no meaningful order and not a sunset among them): Ann Wilson, of the rock band Heart, singing Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” at the Kennedy Center Honors. A robin building her nest, stick by stick, above our front door. Ebola workers. The 23 shades of brown at a cold New Jersey beach (we counted).
That my fourth grader Sophia still visits her third-grade teacher down the hall every day after school. Discovering that her twin sister Olivia’s new friend Esther is the janitor.
People who can make people laugh.
The red that my neighbor’s Japanese maple turns every October. That I love a man whose Halloween decorations fill most of our attic. Watching my mom shake the president’s hand. That my 15-year-old niece doesn’t curse.
This sentence from Daniel James Brown’s extraordinary book The Boys in the Boat: “All were merged into one smoothly working machine; they were, in fact, a poem of motion, a symphony of swinging blades.”
Chocolate with nuts. Mangoes. Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel Peace Prize. How far a mile feels when you’re running it. That in the very same day I can ache with grief, mist with gratitude, and giggle at the sun.
Make your own list. Trust me, it’s a wonderful way to spend an hour.