Saturday, January 08, 2022

Popcorn, Pink, and Poetry

I used to say that I was terrible at picking favorites. And I suppose that's true for some things. Choose just one favorite book? Impossible. Favorite movie? Same. Favorite thing to have for dinner? I don't know!

But for some things, I think I just needed to experience life long enough to figure out which one made me the happiest. And I finally have to admit that there are some clear winners.

Take snacks, for example. There are lots of snacks I enjoy. Chips and salsa. Twizzlers. Peanut-butter filled pretzel bites. But there's only one snack that draws me in every time. One snack that would be an absolutely necessity in a doomsday bunker. Popcorn.

I love popcorn. I've never met a popcorn I didn't like. Give me a bowl of popcorn and you probably should also have one for yourself because I am unlikely to share. Not because I don't like you, but because when I have a bowl of popcorn in front of me I just keep on snacking! Popcorn makes me happy. It's simple and crunchy and addictive. Popcorn is my favorite. Preferably freshly popped at home on the stove, with olive oil and a little salt. Perfect!

Let's talk colors. I love colors. There isn't a color that I don't like, at least in its proper context (poopy diaper brown doesn't belong on a house, for example). But there's only one color that I consistently return to. One color that I'm almost certain to wear on a day when I feel like I need a little colorful pick-me-up. And that's pink! Especially hot pink. Pink is the happiest color, if you ask me. And it's not because it's "girly," though I guess that could be part of it. I like girly things, after all. But pink just makes me feel good. Not that I'd paint my house the color of Pepto or anything. Probably.

And if you know me at all, you know I love to read. But what is my favorite? If I listed all my favorite books, you might not ever get to the end of it. But there is one kind of thing I love to read more than anything else. Even more than epic fantasy by Brandon Sanderson. And that's poetry! My favorite kinds of novels? Verse novels. My favorite kinds of picture books? Rhyming or free verse! And poetry collections, of course. My bookshelves don't lie. 

Poetry, by the way, is also my favorite thing to write. It's even better than blog posts! Except for poetic blog posts, maybe.

A few other favorites:

Weather? Thunder snow! 

Room in the house? My office.

Flower? Purple coneflower.

Place to be out in nature? The woods, especially when it's snowy.

Favorite fictional world? Narnia.

Maybe choosing favorites isn't so hard after all. 

How about you? What are some of your favorites? 

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