A few of my favorite things

I had to laugh when I read my co-worker Aaron’s blog Tuesday because it was so very Eeyore. It was about his disappointing sports moments of 2010.

So I resolved to write about moments from 2010 that always bring a smile to my face. In no particular order, because on this I cannot play favorites. I’ll label them all No. 1.

1. The exact instant I realized that you can’t gather a bunch of high school choir kids on a bus and drive from Minnesota to Washington D.C. and not expect a lot of singing whenever they get bored. Or inspired. Or pretty much any other emotion. Luckily for me, they were all really good at singing.

1. Reading a text message I got from Son One after I asked him if he would like to accompany me on a shopping trip and be my navigator. “No prob,” he replied. “I’ll be the Chewie to your Han Solo.”

1. Bringing my husband with to a photo assignment and watching him get involved in trying to find a good photo opportunity for the Daily Globe. “Bagged it,” he said quietly with restrained glee when I finally got the shot I wanted.

1. Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots

1. Attending a meeting in Slayton and having a county official tell me out of the blue how nice my youngest son is. I think he’s a pretty nice kid myself, but it is sure a great parent moment to hear that from someone else.

1. Standing next to the air and space museum in Washington D.C. on my second trip there in 2010 and having a WWII vet with a gruff voice tell me I should quit being so nice to everyone — I was just the photographer, after all. He was trying so hard to be crabby and hide his smile. Then he ordered me to lean closer to his wheelchair so he could give me a kiss on the cheek. I will hold that moment in my heart for a lifetime.

1. This one isn’t a specific moment, but it always makes me smile. Now that my daughter is all grown up, she’s gone back to calling me mama for some reason. Whenever she calls me, I answer the phone and hear her sweet voice say, “Hi, Mama.”

There. Take that, Grumpy Aaron. Happy thoughts.