Joy to My World

Dec. 27th

Prompt: Ordinary joy. Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year? (The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are @brenebrown)

I had to think about this for awhile because I had plenty of joyful moments this year, but they were often a bit out of the ordinary– at a wedding, somewhere in Germany, airports, etc. Those are not day-to-day events for me. What is fairly ordinary for me, though, is to be around good people and to have some sort of nom-worthy item or reason for gathering.

Two moments stick out in my mine as far as joyful goes: (a) my last day in Madrid at J&J; (b) rooftop BBQ #1 in Cadiz.

J&J was my comfort spot in Madrid, where I could speak in my native language and relax. As I have mentioned before, Brandi and I went there all the time, and we basically became regulars. We met several other regulars, some of whom were incredibly generous people, buying us drinks and sharing pizza with us just because they wanted to. On my last afternoon, I stopped in to say hi, and the place was not very busy. Dave and I shot the wind for awhile, and several other customers showed up. One regular, an older gentleman from Switzerland or something similar (memory fails me), told Dave that I was to pay for nothing. And I didn’t have to that day– a simple yet welcomed going-away present.

My second memorable moment was in Cadiz, where E introduced me to a whole bunch of new people, and we literally had a BBQ on a roof in Spain. The weather forecast kept saying it was supposed to rain, but there was no hint of that, as it was sunny the entire day. We ate and drank for quite some time, eventually wandering down to the beach. (Not before stopping to buy a bunch of bulk gummi candy, and someone found a bouncy ball, which we bounced off EVERYTHING in the streets.) It was a good time, in a good place, with an old friend and new friends. Sure, it was a foreign country, but hanging out and creating tons of random, little memories with friends is an ordinary thing for me.

We also got more cheeseburgers at the end of the night– Burger Enkaguti. Yum.

"Finny" demonstrating the deliciousness.


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