I sign up for The Skimm daily newsletter, and the other day, their lexicon phrase was "cute rage" --it's that feeling you get when something is so cute, just want to squeeze it to death. It's that set of opposing reactions, just like laughing at inappropriate or sad times, or crying when you're happy.
Well, my joyful moment deals with crying, but I think it's a cute rage sort of crying in that the basis of it, I was actually moved by beauty.
Several months ago I wrote about Textbook, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. I read her book way back then. But I love her non-traditional style of putting a book together, so I was revisiting it as a way of helping inform my own intended book about Greece.
The thing is...she's just so good. Her writing is so good it brought me to tears. The "Midterm essay" was difficult to read in light of her passing because she wrote about wanting more time on earth, and this was before she was diagnosed with cancer. That was maybe more sorrow than joy.
BUT she has a section called "Romance Languages" and that is worth reading. That is where you'll find cute-rage happy-tears. Or at least I did.
Having breakfast with Amy was the joyful moment of my day, being able to give thanks for her writing, and who she was.