Wednesday, April 23, 2014

“T” is for “These are a Few of My Favorite Things.

TThere are a myriad of things that I consider my favorites, but I would like to talk about a few that start with the letter ‘T’.

First, time. Time is always of the essence and sometimes I think I never have enough, and yet, it also seems to crawl. When I’m trying to work, it seems that time seems to fly; and yet, something that happened just four months ago seems to have happened a hundred years ago. I guess that time is not only of the essence, but is also relative.

Another favorite ‘t’ is trees. I love trees. as a child, when I wasn’t busy running around like a wild horse, I was climbing trees. Trees can bring me out of the deepest funk. Trees are homesHPIM1147 to lots of wonderful creatures that are also among my favorite things, but most don’t start with ‘t’ so I’ll consider them another time. I love the many shades of green found in trees, and the coolness they provide in summer. I love watching their branches dance in the wind and the sound of the ocean they make. When I lived in Mistretta, my favorite place to be was in the woods, in the coolness of the pine trees. I always felt so close to God near those trees, with their branches uplifted in prayer.

Taste buds. I know, it sounds weird, but how could I know the wonderful taste of chocolate or pistachio nuts, peanut butter or strawberries without taste buds? I am so glad I have taste buds to enrich my life.

Traveling is another of my favorite things. I used to love flying before terrorists had to ruin it for everyone. Now, my favorite choice would be ‘t’rains or the bus. I have crossed the United States several times with the bus – stopping whenever I want to and seeing whatever I want. I’ve traveled to Europe, to Mexico and Canada. I’ve met new people, tested my languages and seen cultures so different from my own.

I cannot forget true friends. True friends are what have made me life livable during the last few months; without them, I don’t know what I would have done or if I would have even tried. My true friends have listened as I’ve talked on and on; they’ve loaned me their shoulders when I cry; they’ve helped me know it wasn’t my fault; they’ve made me laugh (a great deed, indeed); they’ve bucked me up when I was down, even when their hearts were breaking, too. They’ve encouraged me when I was ready to give up. I love you guys.

And now, since time is of the essence, and space is short, I’ll mention one more favorite (at least in theory) thing; it’s a combination of the first and last favorites mentioned: time travel. It’s probably the only part of quantum physics that I partially understand, but it is something I would find fascinating. My blog would be full of my experiences as I traveled through time to carry on a conversation with Marcus Tullius Cicero. Or to take art classes from Michelangelo Buonarotti. And how about the idea of Knights in Shining Armor jousting and fighting for my honor. I could go and watch as the pyramids were being built. Or, I could go back just a few months and… never mind.

I have so many favorite things that start with ‘t’, and these are just a few, but perhaps the best one right now is being plumb tuckered out, so tuckered out I sleep the night through.

Do you have some favorite things that begin with ‘T’? Would you like to share?

© Copyright Mary Purpari April 22, 2014 “T” is for These are a Few of My Favorite Things



  1. Tomorrow. It's one of my favorite things. We have an account of tomorrows that starts seemingly large and we neglect them and take then for granted till one day we notice with a glance the balance has dropped significantly. Once there we start to think of our account running low and we create lists in our mind of how we've used or tomorrows; wisely, foolishly, spendthrift bird or waste. We assuage or regrets with another list of things we will do when only our obligations are paid and put into the bosses' pocket.

    I wish us both many more tomorrows, fulfilled dream, and special friends.

    1. Tomorrow... hmmm Tomorrow--I've never really considered tomorrow as a favorite word: I've planned for it, prepared or it, but never really cared, because I've been living today (another great word :D ) But I do hope for a better tomorrow than today (tomorrow will indeed be a better day, if I am privileged to arrive there.) Thank you for coming, Paul.

  2. Travel, travel, travel! ☺ Would love to be able to time travel too, Mary! Can you imagine??! Tomorrow is also a favourite word, as in "I'll do that tomorrow". I'm a terrible procrastinator! Like Paul, I too hope to have many tomorrows. (Great comment, Paul!) Toronto - love it! Take-out food, because cooking is a drag, (although I do it), Tolerance, tradition, tender, two-some.... I could go on and on......☺

    1. I know, I felt like there weren't all that many "T"s, but when I started thinking, the list just kept getting longer and longer: translations, today, tales, twinkling, treasures, touches... indeedy do. ☺

  3. Traveling is definitely a good one! I'll cover that in V for Vacations...but I find when I'm home, I long to travel and when I travel, I long to be home!

  4. I've discovered that when I travel, that is home to me. I traveled to Italy and that became home. Literally. I love meeting new people and making new friends.

  5. Things that start with t, trees, trunks, trunks with lids, tablets, tattoos, titillating tales, tails furry, skinny, thumping hard across the coffee table, another t I think, table, teatime,twos, triplets, tiny, teeny tiny, trombones, trumpets, tides, toes and two fers...I think I like t too because it represents so many different aspects of life from terrible twos to tweens to twenties, and beyond...Love your blog, way to go girl, you still got my favorite t, talent. And again, I sign on as Anonymous Judi McMillen, one of these days I will find that url.......


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