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A letter to: the things I loved in February (part two)

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My list of things I love has grown to be over eight pages in the past year.

One year ago today, I wrote that I had started February to find and make a list of everything I find in my life that I love.

In the 12 months since I started that list, it has grown immensely, and I find myself noting more and more things in my everyday life that I want to add to the growing catalog.

One year ago today, I started a column by writing that I love pomegranates and dark chocolate, and today, in some sort of coincidental, full-circle moment, I sit here eating a bag of chocolate-covered pomegranate seeds.

In the year I’ve spent intentionally noting the parts of my life that I love, my love for everything has expanded. My love is greater, my list is longer, and my life has become something that I am excited to experience and find love in each day.

I love the weeks between winter and spring, filled with hope for the future and new sunlight dotting the floor in the hallway. I love it when the next book in a series is finally released, and I love it when I find a new musician to become obsessed with for the next month of my life.

My love is greater, my list is longer, and my life has become something that I am excited to experience and find love in each day.

I love people-watching, airports, and easy conversations about nothing important. I love baking with my friends, especially when they do most of the work. I love slow mornings and my record player; I love music pouring into my room, mingling with the cool spring air.

I love it when it finally becomes warm enough to open my window again and when I can hear the birds welcoming each other home.

I love putting flowers in my room and ribbons in my hair. I love red Converse, red nail polish, and my best friend’s red Jeep, especially in the summer when the doors are off. I love raincoats and wishes and 11:11.

I love Greek mythology, Oscar Wilde, naming constellations, and fire escapes on city buildings.

I love the last lines of books and when they shock me enough to make me think about them for days. I love apples in the fall and watermelon in the summer; I love watching the season change through the windows of the gym and the shade of my hair.

I love the bump on my finger that I have from writing, and I love strips of sunlight on the hallway floor. I love moon shadows and the movement of the stars at three in the morning. I love farmers’ markets and huge, artificially-colored lollipops.

I love Grand Haven—the city and the beach. I love Lake Michigan and falling asleep to the unceasing pounding of waves on the earth.

I love the fact that we could be wrong about everything in the universe, that everything we think we know is just a fraction of the truth that we will never discover. I love that eternity will stretch on and take me with it.

I love that nothing really matters, but I just spent an hour typing out the most mundane parts of my life that I worship every day.

I love that I could spend my whole life searching for some cosmic meaning that I will never encounter, and I love that I’ll fall in love with an infinite number of new things on the way.

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Evelyn Alt
Evelyn Alt, Copy Editor
Evelyn is a sophomore entering her second year on The Central Trend. Outside of school, she enjoys reading and hanging out with her friends. Her other interests include playing with her cat, Minerva, and going to Barnes and Noble with her sister, Millie. She is excited for another year writing on The Central Trend staff and looking forward to everything in her future. Favorite color: red Favorite food: anything chocolate Favorite season: Summer Favorite books: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab and If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio  

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