When I think about favourite things, two images spring immediately to mind, Fräulein Maria singing about strudel, in her nightgown, and Oprah’s over-the-top Favourite Things episodes of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
I’m not much of a raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens gal, nor do I have the influence with makers of my favourite coffee, baked goods, jewellery, fashion or footwear to yell, “YOU get an iPad, and YOU get an iPAD and YOU GET AN iPAD!! EVERY-BODY GETS AN iPAD!!” but still, I do have a few favourite things.
Did you know that Oprah cried buckets when she finally got Apple to agree to provide iPads to gift her audience with. (The gurus at Jobs HQ initially rebuffed her when approached to participate.) That lady loves her iPad like nobody’s business! Bless. In the interests of full disclosure I must confess, I love mine too. How do I know this, you ask? Television! But I’m putting the horse before the cart.
In no particular order, here are 10 things I have considered favourites at one time or another:
1. Kilometrico pens
3. The sky
4. My iPad
5. My #favouritehuman (and niece) Matilda
6. Television, especially if it is a series written by Aaron Sorkin
7. The sound of rain on the roof
8. Autumnal colours
9. The Gutenberg press – game changer!
According to a recent scientific study (which I just performed using a pen and paper in my living room – an uncontrolled environment if ever there was one) these 10 things fall broadly into four categories. If I keep my lab coat on, I can extrapolate from this off-the-cuff sampling that some of my favourite things are nature, technological advances, food and people! I’ve surveyed 100% of the people in this room and they agree with these findings 100%. Quite the scientific breakthrough for an overcast day in suburbia!
The order of my absolute favourites might not be the same as this random sampling, but it’s interesting to me that they seem to be clusters that reflect my interests in life.
If you follow me on Instagram or have read my blog lately, I think you know how I feel about autumnal colours and the sky. I’ve been #crushingonautumn in a major way this year, gobsmacked at the almost unreal blueness of the sky and the brilliance of the leaves as they’ve turned from green to red to golden-yellow. Something about autumn speaks deeply to my soul. Seasonally, it is my absolute favourite time of year. So, items 3 and 8 would make the Favourites Hall of Fame, for sure.
Though you may not consider TV worthy of inclusion as a favourite thing, let’s do a quick experiment. Emotional association when I say these words – Molly dying on A Country Practice. If you’re of my vintage, I believe I can rest my case.
What’s that? You have no idea what I’m talking about. No problem. May I present one Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing and The Newsroom. I think somehow I vicariously experienced President Bartlet’s two terms in The White House, surrounded by Sam, CJ, Toby, Leo, Josh, Donna, Mrs Landingham and Charlie…. utterly brilliant television.
Perhaps you prefer renegade cable news anchorman Will McAvoy and his fantastically talented executive producer McMac. I’m willing to pay someone to let me come and watch the next season of The Newsroom with them.
Should you still require convincing, House of Cards. Game of Thrones. Breaking Bad. Boom! Number 6 stays on the all-time faves (not favs) list too.
And what’s life without great coffee and a block of chocolate to enjoy? Enough said, I’ll have a latte with one sugar please. I think my ultimate foodie list would have to include cheese, a great
glass, bottle, crate of bubbly, fresh sourdough bread, strawberries, roast chicken… mmmm chicken! Anyone else suddenly hungry?
As for the Gutenberg press, my iPad and Kilometrico pens – they are favourites I can condense into a single ultimate favourite thing category – words. I love words. I love to read them, say them, hear them, write them, dance with them, edit, spell and rearrange them. And there’s no easier way to do that than with a trusty pack of Kilometricos by your side. How good are the words? All of them.
I know who I am because of words. Words are my oxygen, my talismans and my explanation.
There can be no favourite things for me, without words to describe them.
As for the only person to make my list, that’s easy – it is my delightful, eldest niece. If I was to really ponder all those who have loved me and those I love, people who have shaped me, helped me, taught me, believed in, chastened and encouraged me, the list would be very long indeed. Love youse all! As for Miss Matilda, she’s got my heart, and I hope she knows it. I use those words of mine to tell her she does.
So, these are just a few of my favourite things. A sampling if you will, a smattering.
Ergo, I am a daily imbiber of coffee and chocolate, a wordsmith, someone who gets swept away by autumn’s beauty, and an unapologetic TV lover, with the bestest niece in the history of nieces.
That’s the thing about favourites, they don’t’ only show us what we value in life, they point to who we are, and who we want to be.
What’s on your list?
But could I really pick a favourite West Wing character? CJ, or Donna, no, Leo, or is it Josh, or maybe a dead heat between Toby and Sam…. I guess some favourite things can’t be categorised after all.
Writing this blog is also a favourite thing of mine!