As I’m sure you have all probably figured out by now, I’m really pretty fond of my wife, Pixie. She’s not really my wife but that’s just a matter of a legal document anyway.
A typical morning around here begins with me getting up, making a coffee and sitting down to compose a social media post while she gets a few more minutes to sleep in. In a bit I creep into her room whispering to her that it is wakey time and as I dig down into the blankets to find a bit of cheek or forehead to kiss I inform her that this is just a pre-wakeup warning and that I’ll be back when her coffee is ready. I might also tuck Kuboosz in to bed with her.
In about 15 minutes, when the coffee is made, I return with the whispering and the kissing but this time I bring her jammies and we start with the right arm first and then the left arm. Once the top is secure she can poke her feet out over the side of the bed and we slip the bottoms on so that her fragile morning peace is protected from the chilly morning air.
The point of this overshare is that the greatest joy I feel in any given day is when I get to witness her happiness. It’s the little snippets of joy that seem to have the biggest impression on me. The time her face lit up with laughter while trying to stay upright on her skis this winter. The goofy poses she was striking for the camera on my birthday when we were tipsy. The child-like grin on her face while playing Mario Kart and eating creampuffs on Christmas morning.
When I see Pixie handbuilding in the studio it’s the same thing. This year she’s been spending less time at the potter’s wheel doing production and more time exploring handbuilding and seeing how it makes her glow is the best thing ever.
You see, the sad truth is that someday I might not have her and so while I have the chance to do something about it I try to cultivate these moments of her joy that mean the most to me. So I’m going to try to help her handbuild more and though it will mean that we’ll be producing less wheel thrown pots, I think this will prove be a gift for all of us. - 4 hours ago