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It was super sunny and beautiful here today.

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My friend J and I took a drive up to Skagit Valley to tiptoe through the tulips. J is an amazing photographer. Clearly.

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We drove with the sunroof open. We discussed important topics, including hair metal, flowcharts, and navigational techniques. (Am I the only one who turns the map upside down or on its side in order to navigate properly? How else do you navigate if you don’t go INTO the map? J says the fact that I have to make an L with my hand in order to tell left from right kind of steps on my navigational cred. Whatev.)

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We laughed at people who couldn’t obey a simple sign. We watched as little girls in floral sundresses ran through the rows of flowers, laughing and shrieking.

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Sometimes we were quiet. Mostly we just enjoyed the sun.

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Today was what my grandmother would have called a “hug it to your bosom” day.

And so I did.

She’s been gone 6 years today. I’ve missed her for each one of those 2,190 days. But today, instead of focusing on my sadness, I hugged the day to my bosom and looked at pretty flowers in all the colors of the rainbow. I enjoyed my friend. I enjoyed the sun.

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I enjoyed my life.

All pictures taken by J. Seriously talented.

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