Welcome to The Sunday Scoop, where each Sunday I highlight an Ode and a Commode To Joy from my week. Life contains more than the obvious in-your-face joys, and I’m determined to find them.
Ode To Joy – We flew into Chicago from Connecticut last Sunday and stayed one night to visit the Shedd Aquarium Monday (Miller much prefers aquariums to zoos).
One of their “add-ons” is a 4D movie experience. There were three available films, including a thirteen-minute showing of Splash and Bubbles, a PBS Kids show with bright and colorful ocean characters. A lot of singing and swimming occurs in each episode.
At times during the 4D experience, bubbles were blown throughout the theater. We were splashed by water a few times and blown by wind gusts. Our seats vibrated, and lights illuminated the floor of the seats in front of us. Miller even wore his glasses a few times. “Woah, Mom, he’s coming for my face!”
We were able to go loud and shriek and clap and sing along – perks of attending a kid’s feature. I smiled the whole time, and I’m pretty sure Miller did too.
It was the best thirteen minutes of my day and my week.
Commode – Two words: Jury Duty
Months ago I received a postcard for jury duty screening. A phone survey was to be completed to determine whether I would make the next cut.
Because of societal programming, when I opened the letter my reaction was a sarcastic, “Oh great.” But then I sat with it for a few seconds to see how I actually felt about it…
Oddly enough, I was excited. Hopeful, even, that I might get selected so that I could see in person what the fuss is all about. I’ve never been screened/summoned/etc before, so this was a whole new – dare I say – opportunity.
There’s one good thing already – that my reaction to a normally bemoaned piece of mail was anticipatory. But there’s more good to be had via the weekly question that gets us back to joy, or in this case to even more joy: How is it a good thing?
You know where this is going, right?
To Joy – I Received My Official Summons In The Mail This Week!!!
Now listen, please don’t tell me that looking forward to jury duty is like wanting a root canal or a pap-smear all for the sake of experience.
I don’t want to hear about not being able to have my phone, or the boredom, or hearing lame cases, or heartbreaking cases, or cases that shouldn’t be cases. I definitely don’t want to hear about deliberating with other jurors.
Just be happy for me damnit!
And stay tuned. Because it’s very likely there’ll be follow-up writings to come.
Each Sunday Scoop I promise at least two scoops of joy. This week I came up with three, and that’s just in roughly 500 words. Lots more happened that I could’ve written about in the “Ode To Joy” category.
That’s the thing about joy. Be on the lookout for it, and you’ll find it. And find it. And find it some more. And that’s?
Yet another good thing.Every day, week, month, or season contains at least two scoops of joy. Click To Tweet
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