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Sometimes All You Need Is A Cookie and Beer

Updated on February 1, 2014

This weekend was not the greatest for me personally. My family suffered a huge loss that I am not really able to put into words yet. My heart is weighed down and my mind is a little foggy. But, I am thankful for the simplest of situations that remind me to just breathe in the love and simplicity of the little, wonderful moments in my life.

Mike went fishing for most of the day on Saturday, giving me a lot of time alone to soak in all my realities. I wrote a lot of none related things, played fetch with Diesel (Mike’s bull terrier) and watched mindless television. When the guys finally got home from washing the boat, I was an emotional basket case, letting all of my sadness and confusion flow out of my body at the first sight of my wonderful love.

Even smelling like fish and salt, Mike climbed into bed with me to be the comfort that I needed. He dealt with my eyes and nose running through my blubbering melancholy, finally able to express the feelings to him that I had been holding in for more than a day. Once I settled down, Mike cleaned his catch and took a shower, then joining me back in bed.

He was exhausted from the sun and excitement of his day. I looked at him realizing that both of us hardly had eaten all day (for much different reasons) and asked if he wanted a cookie, smiling he said that I should bring beer up with me too. I went downstairs and grabbed two Coors Lights out of the fridge, placed them in koozies, then reached into the cookie jar for two chocolate chip treats.

I returned to the room to the most comforting simplicity I could have asked for. Mike propped himself up on the bed, taking the sustenance from my hands and made room for me to come cuddle up into the crook of his shoulder. We sat like that watching who-knows-what-terrible movie on HBO, drinking our beers and noshing on our cookies. Right in that moment I remembered one of the most important things in life: to enjoy the little things.

It was a seemingly small moment but it helped me gather myself and be thankful once again for all of the love in my heart. Life is so short and precious and I hope that everyone takes the time out of their lives to have a few more beer and cookie moments with their loved ones. We never know when life is going to take a turn or throw a speed bump in so just live it up while you can and soak in the little, wonderful, simple moments that make everything worth it.

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    • khmazz profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristen Mazzola 

      5 years ago from South Florida

      Thank you!

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      Kristen Mazzola 

      5 years ago from South Florida

      Thank you for sharing and voting! It is so true that every once in a while we need to take a step back and truly just be thankful!

    • khmazz profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristen Mazzola 

      5 years ago from South Florida

      Thank you for sharing! :)

    • khmazz profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristen Mazzola 

      5 years ago from South Florida

      Strumrgrl, Thank you so much! I will have a cookie and beer for you :)

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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 

      5 years ago from Philippine

      Wow, beautiful words on reflecting life, I am sorry for some, I'm sure it is just part of God's big plan in making us stronger to face life.

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      5 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Sorry for your problems but the fact is that the worth of life can be felt on in the times of problems and that is the hard irony of this mysterious life. Its a nice little hub to remind us to be thankful to God for everything that we have in now. Shared and votes all up.

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, all you need is a cookie, a beer, and most importantly, someone whom you love and trust to hold your hand while you are eating that cookie. Well said, and my blessings!Shared!

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      5 years ago

      After surviving the same empty space grief can bring, I understand all too well there are times when we can't change an outcome no matter how much we wish too. Taking time to breathe in & enjoy the littlest mundane things ease our suffering and this story exemplifies this only too well. Thank you for sharing life's moments that have eased your pain. Have a cookie & a beer for me. Great story. Keep 'em coming!!

    • khmazz profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristen Mazzola 

      5 years ago from South Florida

      Thank you so much Frank, your kind words touch my heart!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      I too am sorry for the troubles you've faced.. but you put them down in words wonderfully god bless you :) Frank

    • khmazz profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristen Mazzola 

      5 years ago from South Florida

      You said it perfectly my dear! :) It falls into the old cliche: Take time to smell the roses... Have a wonderful day!

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      5 years ago from australia

      Your words paint a picture. I agree, sometimes when all seems hopeless and the anguish sets in, a small token of friendship, of love and care can make all the difference. I hope you have many more 'beer and cookie' moments. Take care..

    • khmazz profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristen Mazzola 

      5 years ago from South Florida

      Thank you so much my friend, the heart takes time to heal, but I know that I am so fortunate to have this love and support behind me. Thank you for reading and commenting on my reflection :) Take care, Billy!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm sorry for your troubles and I hope your heart is lightened soon. Still, this is a beautiful reflection about the simple joys in life that we all too often overlook. Beautifully written!


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