happy place

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “happy place.” Write the first thing that comes to mind when you think of “happy place.” Have fun!

This will be easy. And fun. And potentially uncomfortable for those of you who don’t approve of my “lifestyle”.


I have a therapist (whom I LOVE – let me know if you need a referral) who has begun doing EMDR with me. During the sessions, if something gets too intense or painful and I need to back away, I’m supposed to go to my “happy place”.

When we started and I was asked to pick my place, it wasn’t difficult:

This is me and Troy, moments after meeting for the first time at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in October 2021.

If you know me, you know I DON’T SMILE LIKE THAT.

I’m a smirker at best.

Yeah, that’s generally about as good as it gets.

But meeting Troy, face to face, was a truly happy moment, and that is my happy place. Every. Single. Time.

Speaking of happy places, there is a fun/funny story that goes with this first meeting:

I had imagined the moment for weeks:

At DTW, there is one exit from the terminal to luggage and ground transportation. One exit, but two sliding doors, I should clarify (this is important). So I positioned myself between the two sliders, situated amongst the hired drivers holding their signs to pick up their designated travelers, imagining myself running into his arms as soon as he entered the luggage claim area.


Troy was flying in from Newark…

With the entire Rutgers soccer team.

I may have been distracted.

Despite watching both doors (and a parade of college athletes), Troy somehow got past me and ended up waiting outside for me to pick him up.

Troy: Where are you?
Me: I’m waiting by the doors from the terminal.
Troy: I’m outside at pickup #2
Me: Oh. There may have been soccer players…

So I turned, went outside, saw him standing there…

and smiled.

In my happy place.

So happy.

#SoCS comes from the website of Linda G. Hill.

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.


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