Sunday, November 8, 2009

Happiness A-Z: L

If you don't know what's going on, go here, or just keep reading. It's fairly self-explanatory. :)

Leaves-We don't have much of a fall to speak of here in Hawai'i, so when I do get so see autumn leaves in all their glorious colors, I think they are absolutely beautiful. Check out this gorgeous photo at Dolce Belleza and tell me if that doesn't make you want to go out and buy a bike. That's not to say that I don't like regular green leaves either though, oh no. I love green plant-y things, and I can't help but touch plants that I encounter as I'm walking down a street or on a trail. I just want to feel them and see how they move and pet them. Usually this works out OK for me, but I know some day it's going to backfire. I told you about my experience in the cactus garden, right? Yeeeeaaah.

Libraries-A place where you can have all the free books you want? What's not to love??

Literacy-I can't imagine not being able to read. If you can read, you can learn how to do pretty much anything else; if you can't, you are dependent on other people for everything, and the world becomes so much more limited and difficult. I am so grateful that I know how to read and that I enjoy reading. I think my life has been much richer as a result.
Luna MothImage by kpauli via Flickr

Luna moths-They're just so pretty!

Lady bugs-They're just so cute! And they eat all kinds of bugs that would otherwise destroy your yards. And their babies look like little alligators...sort of. Grrrr!

Love-Really, do I need to explain this one?

Larry and Liz-My dad and stepmom.

Laughter-It's always fun to laugh, but sometimes it's even better to listen to other people laugh. Baby's have the best laughter-it's the sound of pure, unbridled joy, and it's awesome. My sister also has a great laugh, in fact she laughs a lot like a baby now that I think about it! Hers is a contagious, full-on belly laugh, and I love it.

Lava-I like fire, so you can imagine how cool I think lava is, right? Lava has been flowing continuously on The Big Island (Hawai'i) for about 26 years now, and if you ever get the chance to go over there to check it out, take it! My husband and I have been to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park a few times, and depending on where the lava is flowing you can just walk right up to it.

During the day it's cool, but when night starts to fall and you realize that you can look down through the cracks that you are walking over and see the lava glowing, well, to be honest, that's a little scary! But also really cool! It's so primal and mesmerizing and beautiful. Also, there are no lights out there, and if you lie on the lava field at night and stare up at the sky, you will see the sky like you have never seen it before. The Milky Way is bright across the sky, and if you happen to be there during a meteor shower, it's even better! You do have to have some common sense-take a flashlight, lots of water, layer your clothing, wear sturdy shoes that aren't likely to melt (seriously) and heed any park warnings. You're mostly on your own out there, so be smart, but do check it out!


dolcebellezza said...

You might not have leaves, but that's some pretty amazing molten rock you've got flowing over in your parts! I've never seen lava, and I enjoyed those pictures. I'll have to show them to my class when we get to volcanoes.

softdrink said...

Aren't lady bugs supposed to be lucky, too? So they're perfect for the L list!

Meryl said...

I love Luna moths too!

Heather J. said...

I'm so glad you're back to your Happiness list - I was just wondering about that a few days ago!

This is a great list too. :)

Jeanne said...

I like real lady bugs, but not the yellow look-alikes that swarm all over here this time of year! They're less cute when they've everywhere, and they can sting a bit when you pick one up to try to take it outside.

When we went to the volcano national park the only way you could see any fiery lava was by helicopter. My son, 11 at the time, was very disappointed. The steaming caldera was not enough.

Dreamybee said...

dolcebellezza-It is pretty amazing. There's something to be said for standing on the newest part of the Earth! I've got lots of volcano pics, so if you need any more for your class, let me know. I'd be happy to send some your way.

softdrink-I think you're right. Good call!

Meryl-Aren't they pretty?

Heather J-I keep sort of forgetting about it, but I'm going to try to keep on top of it a little more.

Jeanne-I agree-too many of any single bug can be freaky, even the good ones.

I totally understand your son's disappointment. We did the helicopter tour as well, and I was a little bummed that we didn't see lava shooting up into the sky. Although, I suppose if it had been, we wouldn't have been flying over it anyway!

Wendy said...

Those lava pics are amazing. The whole concept of oozing hot lava is just pretty cool.

I like your point about laughter. I love a person with a good laugh. I think my laugh has actually developed over the years. Strange as it may sound, I think I've been stifling my real laugh for years. And the older I get, the more comfortable with who I am, the louder and heartier my laugh gets!

Dreamybee said...

It is a cool long as it's not oozing toward your house!

Loud and hearty laughs are definitely a good thing!