It’s the little things that make me happy

Today was not my best day.  My alarm didn’t go off.  I left the house a couple of minutes late and missed my train.  Then on my walk to work it started to pour.  Fortunately I had grabbed my umbrella at the last second.  But this was the type of rain that overpowers the umbrella.  It was hitting me from the front and then from the side.  I arrived at work soaking wet.  It took an hour for my clothes to dry.  Then the sun came out.  I thought that my walk home would be better.  It’s almost Friday.  My day was picking up.

On my walk to the train after work I got caught in another downpour.  Sure I saw the dark clouds looming overhead.  Also, I heard the rumbling of thunder.  But I still thought that I had time to walk to the train and skip the bus before the rain would hit.  Why I thought this is beyond me.  Of course the skies opened up and within a couple of minutes I was soaking wet for the second time today.

By the time I got to the train I was not in the best mood.  The other commuters seemed to be in a bad mood as well.  All the bad vibes was not helping my mood.  When I got off the train and headed for my apartment the rain started to lighten up.  Sure as soon as I’m almost home the rain stops.

Then when I walked into the backyard of my apartment complex I saw that someone had set out some books.  I can’t pass up free books.  This gesture made my day.  I didn’t grab all of the books.  I don’t really read computer programming books.  I don’t do code.  But I picked up two novels.  They were pretty wet by the time I rescued them.  This means that I can read them in the bathtub and if I drop them, well it won’t matter.

Whoever left these books for someone like me to pick up, I would like to say thank you.  You made my day.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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2 Responses to It’s the little things that make me happy

  1. Caroline says:

    I can see how this could save a day.

  2. TBM says:

    Books are the best gifts!

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