Copper Kettles for the Soul

Today I read Victoria Coren Mitchell’s article for The Guardian, “Stop the world, I need a break”.

It awoke in me a desire to create a similar list; a compilation of mismatched loves I use to create momentary distraction from the insanity of the world. As Mitchell wrote, “These are some things I’m going to try to clear my head and focus on – to the exclusion of all else.”

  • The castle and familiar chords of When you Wish Upon a Star that begin all the greatest films
  • Puppies discovering life
  • Jumping onto trains with great haste, only to find they sit at the station for another few minutes
  • The smell of dryer sheets
  • Fireworks
  • Debbie Reynolds brushing streamers from her face during “All I do is Dream of You
  • Patrick Warburton’s voice
  • Sitting through a simply wonderful play (Frankenstein, Twelfth Night, Treasure Island, for example)
  • Being woken by the smell of pancakes
  • Butterfly kisses
  • Robin Williams being interviewed on Parkinson in 2002
  • Any costume worn by Laurence Rickard for Yonderland
  • A perfectly crafted Manhattan
  • Calvin & Hobbes
  • Listening to any Josh Groban album
  • An afternoon spent in the National Portrait Gallery
  • Rollercoasters and the photos theme parks insist on taking during rollercoasters
  • Reunion hugs
  • Ellen DeGeneres’ 2009 Commencement Speech at Tulane University
  • The expressions of couples whose houses have just been revealed on Fixer Upper
  • The gift of a hand knitted scarf
  • Red wine in long stemmed glasses
  • The shark from Toy Story’s impression of Woody
  • Starry night skies away from the city lights
  • Bear claws with fresh coffee
  • Ludovico Einaudi’s Elegy for the Arctic
  • Sun-dappled curtains on a lazy morning
  • Ugly Christmas sweaters
  • Sharing your quirky loves with like-minded people
  • David Attenborough’s enthusiasm
  • Morning hikes in the rainforest after a brief rainstorm
  • The outtakes from Horrible Histories
  • Carousel horses awash wish glistening fairy lights
  • A steaming hot cup of tea
  • Tom Hiddleston reading May I Feel Said He by E.E. Cummings
  • A night spent in conversation
  • Sunrise on the beach
  • Dwayne Johnson… mainly his arms, but the rest of him ain’t half bad….
  • The smell and warmth of freshly laundered blankets
  • Grover and John John
  • Hot baths on rainy evenings
  • White roses in crystal vases
  • Penelope Wilton and Nicholas Le Prevost in “Bedroom Farce