Last year I hired a housekeeper. I know it sounds so self-indulgent but I needed the help after I had a long recovery from some surgery. Even after I was up and about we decided to keep her on. Well…I was spoiled having her come in every few weeks. What I love about Jennifer are the little things she does for me. She'll arrange my knick knacks just so or fluff the pillows on my bed. My favorite is the way she folds the bath towels hanging on the rack on the bathroom door. She sort of does this tri-fold method and every time I see them it brings a smile to my face. This got me to thinking about all the other little things that have made me smile or warmed my heart over the years.
When we were first dating, years ago, my husband would bring me four leaf clovers. He’s the only person I know who can step out into a field of clover and look down to instantly spot one of them. Considering your chances of finding a four leaf clover are pretty slim, I’m still pretty impressed by all the ones he brought to me. My grandmother would always have molasses cookies and a big tin of Charlie’s Chips waiting for us when we arrived for a visit. Warms the cockles of my heart remembering sitting at the Formica topped kitchen table sharing those with her. More recently, due to our travel schedule my husband and I weren’t able to be together for this Valentine’s Day. I cut heart shapes out of red construction paper, wrote little notes on them and taped them up on the fridge before I left on my trip so it was the first thing he saw when he returned home. That gesture was a little thing for me to do, but I know it meant a lot to him.
As a writer and a reader I love to see the little things in books. Perhaps you’ve read a scene about a holiday tradition that brought back warm, long forgotten memories or there’s something a character does that reminds you of an event from your life. It’s those little things that make our lives special and the little things authors put in the pages of their books that makes them memorable. So be it fact or fiction I really do believe all the little things matter! How about you? What are some of the little things in life or from taken from the pages of a book that have made you smile?
Tracey J Lyons sold her first book on 9/9/99! She is the best selling author of the Women of Surprise Historical romance series, Montlake/Avalon Books and writes the contemporary Wine Country Vixen series as Tracey Sorel. You can learn more about Tracey and her books by visiting her websites.