100 Words / Prompt: Gratuitous
“It’s not about sustained happiness, not at this point,” she says, simply.
“What is it, then?” I prompt.
“It’s about recognizing moments. Not hours, or days, or years, but moments that are… perfect.”
“Moonlight glistening on newly fallen snow. Lamplight caressing the curve of your daughter’s cheek as she concentrates on homework at the kitchen table. Catching a whiff of bread baking as you drive with the windows rolled down. Waking up to songbirds.”
“It’s in these moments of… of gratuitous joy – in these unlooked for, perfect moments – that we can know happiness. And that’s enough.”