Little Things, III

Little things have started to bother me these days. The tiniest of details remind me that I’m not as immune as I thought to being irked. And when that happens, I head to the happy place in my head, where I focus on all the positive little things that I can bring to my mind.

A simple text from a friend, saying hello.

One good word from an editor about your work.

A hug from a young child.

A baby’s gummy smile.

Catching a drip from an ice cream cone on a warm, sunny day.

The swell and trough of a lake wave.

Honey from a honeycomb.

Good news.

Happy secrets.

Those are only a few of the things I can come up with, and already, I’m feeling better. Here’s to all of us finding some little things this week that keep us moving forward and making progress.



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Christina Consolino is a mother, dreamer, author, editor and teacher from Dayton, Ohio. She's a member of the Plot Sisters and teaches Anatomy & Physiology at Sinclair Community College. She writes literary women's fiction, personal essays and more.


  1. A lush green lawn speckled with little yellow clover flowers.
    Evenings on the back porch that sparkle with fireflies.
    Playing cards with family.
    Hearing a great song for the first time.

  2. As I was baking bread this morning and I had one of these happy little thoughts. There’s this moment while I’m kneading dough to make bread. A moment as I’m slowly adding flower and folding it with my hands that I can feel it. I can feel the slight change in texture and springiness that means the work is done, and it’s ready to rise. That moment always makes me smile 🙂

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