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Monday, April 26, 2010

yo tengo gozo

"Happiness is anyone and anything at all that's loved by you."
-You're a Good Man Charlie Brown

joy - n. noun

1. the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation.
2. a source or cause of keen pleasure or delight; something or someone greatly valued or appreciated: Her prose style is a pure joy.

3. the expression or display of glad feeling; festive gaiety.
4. a state of happiness or felicity.

It's blogging at 10 a.m in Carrier Library. It's a cup of hot coffee with shot of caramel flavor (it gives it a little something extra).  It's savoring every word (a.k.a. reading really slowly) of a book that a friend recommended to you.  It's a little bit of rain with an I Love Lucy umbrella.  It's a red delicious apple, every day.  It's listening to the Moulin Rouge soundtrack through Afton Mountain.

Joy is having Into Hymn come to your hometown.  Watching them fly down your zipline (yes, I watched, ain't no way I was going down that thing after the great back injury of 2K9).  It's watching the Blind Side with them in your backyard, drive-in-movie style. 

It's having those two worlds collide in a magnificant way.  It's opening your mouth and knowing with absolute certainty that at least fifteen voices will be right behind you, harmonizing, melodizing, percusionizing, whateverizing...

It's singing in your home and letting the song spill from your mouth, the sound growing and bellowing in such a way that you feel as though the walls would burst from the beauty of it all.  It's making a joyful noise. 

Joy is praising, despite circumstances.

12 days.

(photo: Mikaela)


brett baker said...

"whateverizing"....teach me how to write like you

brett baker said...

I'm serious---you are the Rory of JMU

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