Meet George. George is a lizard that was hanging in a gift shop in Cudahy, Wisconsin for about nine months to a year. Every time I walked into that shop, I had to say hi to George. I always told him that one day I would bring him home with me.
This past Christmas the little darlin’ told hubby how much I loved George. His response was “Are you kidding? Eighty bucks for something that’s going to hang on the wall and gather dust?”
Well … yes. Why? Because he made me smile. Life can be pretty grim ‘pon occasion. It’s one of the reasons we read. To escape reality. To take that few hours out of the day to find a little bit of fantasy. It’s also the reason I surround myself with little whimsical things. At the day job, if I find a cartoon in the newspaper that makes me smile, I clip it and post it on the wall over my computer. I have little aliens loitering under my screen. I have a pink stuffed elephant sitting on one of my speakers. There are amusing quotes scattered around my desk. I’ll often take a moment out of my busy day to read a few and it lightens my heart a little bit.
Reading does the same for me. Doesn’t matter if the book is a dark urban fantasy, or a light hearted paranormal. I can lose myself for awhile. Same thing with movies. Like a book, but with technicolor visuals. It gives us a moment … a breather before we tackle the next decision or crisis.
As you can see, George now lives with me. He isn’t hanging on my office wall yet … but he will be. And each time I glance over at him, I’m going to smile. How ‘bout you? Do you have something that inevitably makes you smile. No matter how often you look at it?