7 Quick Takes Friday: The 7 Greatest Things On Earth

This has been a really sad week, news-wise. From the despicable depths our nation’s leaders are sinking to in order to win an election to the suicide of Tyler Clementi, which will undoubtedly ruin many lives connected to the whole sordid affair, it seems like things on earth are spiraling downward. So I’ve decided to remind everyone (and myself) of the wonderful things we still enjoy on our planet.

I used to be one of those people who thought flowers were a waste of time and money; you buy them, put them in water, keep the water filled and clean, and then throw them away because they inevitably die. But after becoming a mother and wife and sort of pretending to keep house sometimes, I realize that flowers can turn the gloomiest day upside down. Just a glimpse of a vase full of sunflowers or lilies on a wooden table with the sun streaming through the blinds makes me happy.
I love Italy. I love every single thing about that amazing country, from the breathtaking sculptures and cobblestone streets to the dirty metros and little gypsy thieves. Even if I never get to live there again or even go back and visit, it makes me happy to know that across the Atlantic, millions of people get to wake up every day and be in Italy. Lucky, lucky people.

Chocolate is the king of comfort foods. It’s like a hug you can eat. And, also, it’s incredibly delicious in all it’s many and varied forms. I love chocolate.
I mean real art, like the above, not a pile of green candy that some idiot throws on the floor of a museum and calls a sculpture. Picasso, Caravaggio, Michelangelo…you know. Musical and written art, as well. If chocolate soothes the soul, art can save it. (I’m very biased and I consider poetry to be the highest form of art, so I recommend that everyone in the world read Richard Wilbur’s “The Beautiful Changes” or T.S. Eliot’s “The Four Quartets” if you want to know what I mean by real art.)
 If chocolate soothes the soul and art saves it, then cheese…well, let’s be honest. Cheese greatly expands the waistline. But it does so in such a delicious and endlessly varied way!


There do not exist enough beautiful words in the universe for me to accurately convey how I feel about wine. I firmly believe that wine is God’s way of consoling us as we journey through life upon this earth. And what an exquisite consolation it is.

Yes, it’s true. As difficult as children are and as much as they make me want to lock them myself in the closet, my days would be much darker without the light from their eyes and much colder without the warmth from their little embraces.

So the next time you find yourself clicking through the news, despairing of the world we live in, just remember: flowers, Italy, chocolate, art, cheese, wine and children. God still loves us.

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  • http://www.40daysof.wordpress.com Nichole@40daysof

    Thanks, I needed that. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05953964056867527822 Kari


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10702070824540326403 Jennifer

    I hope you never stop writing this blog. Not only do I enjoy reading your words, but I learn things too. I especially appreciate how you don't bash being a mother. I read all these FB posts from moms who seem to only have bad things to say about being a mom- all I think is, how bad can your day really be when you get to be someone's mom? I would give up everything to have that just for a moment. I love how you love your family and I am thankful you share with us!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15952903407929206174 Sheila Waterman

    I love you, Calah… that post really warmed my soul…. I hope you don't mind if I share it with others.. :-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07632005486245515873 Calah

    Not at all! Feel free, I'm glad you liked it She! I miss you! And Jen-thanks. One of my goals with this blog is to learn to appreciate my children more by being honest about my failings, not the failings of motherhood in general.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11889780681891693861 Sarah

    Oh man, I love your list! I too love, love Italy. I was just looking at my pictures from Rome the other day. Also, The Rape of Persephone was my favorite piece of art that I saw at the Borghese. And, Little Gidding might be one of my favorite poems ever. :) You have good taste. As in, the same as mine. ;P Have a good weekend!

  • Anonymous

    So I wrote this very long comment about Italy, wine and cheese…but it got deleted(sad face)! But I loved this post and, I must say, your kids are pretty stinkin' cute:)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15778596300503008018 J M Yaceczko

    I only think that coffee is missing from your list. I probably would have cheated somehow if I'd written it and cheapened the whole thing. Your list is fabulous. I've got some gerber daisies smiling at me right now. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12557248434888642114 Melanie B

    Well said! What an awesome list! Oh and I so very much agree that The Four Quartets may well be the very pinnacle of poetry. Sigh, so nice to find a fellow Eliot lover.