A Joyful Day Out (A Picture Entry)

I took off from my full-time job today for the President’s Day holiday. I decided to go ice skating, eat lunch at Red Hook for a GF tuna fish sandwich, and walk through Rittenhouse Square to get to Barnes and Noble and Trader Joe’s.


As I was walking through Rittenhouse Square, I was so happy that Billy Goat was back! As I was taking the selfie, I heard Bach’s Cello Suite being played nearby. I walked over and a young man was playing to raise money to go to a camp. Over the past two years, I’ve taken a real love to classical music and I can’t get enough of it. I stood there for a good ten minutes just relaxing. I gave him $2 and after he finished, I clapped and he thanked me. His name is Lyle and he agreed to a selfie.


I’m exhausted! My joyful day tired me out and I can’t wait to put a few of these photos into my Happiness Box. I’m going to spend the rest of the evening writing and relaxing to Antiques Roadshow. Back to both jobs tomorrow!

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Creator of the Happiness Box Project Initiative, a project where you write your happiness or gratitude each day, then open the box in the New Year. The Initiative is to teach joy and gratitude, to pass it on to others.

One thought on “A Joyful Day Out (A Picture Entry)”

  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    Looks like you had another fun outing, dear friend! It’s good to see pictures of you on the ice at the rink again. I’d love to drop in at Red Hook for a GF tuna fish sandwich or any of their other culinary delights. I needed to look up the Rittenhouse Square statue Billy Goat. I read that he dates back 100 years and was at first hated but soon embraced by the citizens and became one of the city most beloved landmarks. Unless I am mistaken the old Billy Goat was retired last year and the one that now stands in his place is an exact replica. It was groovy that you got to listen to classical music in the park played by your brand new friend Lyle. What an exciting day you had! No one takes better advantage of the music, art and culture offered by a city than you. Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend JM!


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