It may come as a surprise, but sometimes the positive emotions are trickier for me to describe. So I thought I would tackle ‘Cheerful’. Typically, I would just say “So-and-so smiled.” Ta Da!
I figured I would start by listing things that make me cheerful. . .
Long-sleeved T-shirts and jeans, fall colors and a crisp touch to the air –
Pumpkin flavor, chocolate, fresh-baked whole wheat bread, homemade grape juice-
Northwestern Beaches with jagged rocks – the kind of beach that needs a sweatshirt-
Chinchillas and alpacas, Halloween, moon, purple and brown-
Matt, kids giggling, mountains, red-rock mesas, God-
Naps, lightning storms, colors and patterns in fabric (but not sewing)-
Soft touches and quick kisses, sunsets, Disneyland-
Okay, let’s try a bit of ‘cheerful’ then . . .
The feeling burbled up from his stomach. When it reached his throat, laughter burst out, surprising even him.
Her eyes lit up and a smile spread across her face.
He took a deep breath and closed his eyes in the sunlight, holding on to the warmth that filled his chest.
. . . She smiled.