Celebrate the smaller things

Isn’t fall great? I’m enjoying that narrow window of time where it’s cool enough without air conditioning and warm enough without heat. There’s a crispness in the air, perfect for mid-afternoon jogging, and hot drinks are more appealing than ever on chilly mornings. (But let’s be honest. I certainly don’t wait for fall to drink coffee).

Technically, autumn began Sept. 23, but it didn’t really start feeling like fall until we turned the calendar to October.

While I’m not one to order pumpkin spice lattes, I did celebrate the turn of the calendar by making pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. Perfect with coffee and just the right combination of sweetness and flavor, they were a delicious way to celebrate the changing seasons.

October 1 was a Tuesday, and on a whim, I had tacos for lunch. I don’t always celebrate Taco Tuesday, but on that day, it just felt right. After all, Friday was National Taco Day—I made taco salad—and one can never have too many tacos, right?

October also brought postseason baseball, and I’m celebrating that, too. Anyone who knows me knows how much I enjoy baseball, and the thrill of the postseason takes it to a whole new level. I’m still not entirely sure who to cheer for, but I’m watching with interest two of the teams I saw play in person last summer (Nationals and Rays). Too bad that luck didn’t extend to the Royals, who found themselves on the wrong side of a 100-plus season and didn’t come close to advancing to the postseason.

October has also brought time spent with family and friends, great coffee and good laughs and my new favorite treat—Freddy’s frozen custard paired with French fries.

I’d add having the opportunity to watch the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football to my list of celebrations, but we know how that turned out.

Why do I mention all of this? Because I’m recognizing the importance of celebrating the small things, and all of these things brought me joy. Tacos on Taco Tuesday, pumpkin muffins to signal the changing seasons, postseason baseball, relationships, coffee.

There’s so much in the world that’s painful and difficult and hard to handle. It’s easy to feel down, especially this time of year when the weather turns cold and the gray skies weigh heavy. That’s why it’s important to acknowledge the good and beautiful and fun, no matter how small. So this month I’ve decided to take every opportunity to celebrate, one taco, muffin or baseball game at a time.