Because you're here, I know you appreciate the finer things in life. The rich fudge with marshmallows Aunt Norene brings to every family reunion. Visiting home and soaking up the ease and familiarity of knowing exactly which Christmas decorations will adorn which homes in your neighborhood. Consuming every page of a new book and staying up late so you can finish just one more chapter...five chapters later. Visiting a new place and craning your neck so you can catch every detail at every angle so you don't forget anything. Jamming to a song on repeat (complete with arm dancing) because it's just.that.good. and you can't get enough of it.

I know you crave connection in quiet moments. Given the option you'd rather spend time around a well-worn kitchen table recounting stories and laughing 'til you can't breathe than go to a fancy restaurant with valet parking any day. Part of your life's mission is to preserve your happiest memories, whether it's in a journal or through stacks of photos you've cherished throughout the years. You appreciate the true stories just as much as the fairy tales because no matter what's going on, there really are such things as happy beginnings, middles and endings despite what life throws our way. 

Just so you know--I feel exactly the same way.