1. Pine cones and the smell of pine
2. Eastern box turtles
3. The golden sun setting through a forest
4. Violets in a field
5. When a favorite song comes on the radio
Why do I love these things? What emotions do they conjure? What makes them wonderful? It's a great conversation to get to know someone, but it's also a great writing project to put into words what it feels like to come upon a blanket of violets in a meadow or a turtle half hidden by a log. And why love the smell of pine? And why love singing to a familiar song?
I wonder who else loves these thing, and I wonder who loves entirely different things but for perhaps the same reason. If we talked about it, we'd surely stumble upon beauty, mystery, praise, and a longing for home.