1. When a perfect character name appears out of nowhere.
2. Having someone say, yes! I get it.
3. Laughing so hard that no sound comes out, tears run down my face, and how that makes my kids laugh even harder.
4. Breaking circles that were meant to be broken.
5. Seeing an old couple walking side by side.
6. When you don’t want to write, and you follow where the scene takes you to find out that was meant to happen all along.
7. Feeling my kids’ bodies relax when they’re upset and I hold them long enough.
8. Remembering that life is not static, and whatever is difficult now will be gotten through one way or another.
9. Stories may sink or swim, but no one can take away what you’ve learned from each writing.
10. The seriousness with which children take their play.
11. The look my husband gives me when he knows I need to talk, but don’t have the words. The fact that he rarely says, what’s wrong, but rather gives me a look that says he’s waiting to hear me.
12. Hope in all things, no matter how dark.
13. A book that you don’t want to end.
14. A cup of coffee with just the right amount of milk and sugar.
15. Teachers who love our kids.
16. My love.
17, 18, 19. My Minions.
20. All of you.