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Three Beautiful Things

September 20, 2008

1. My new friend

The icecream van arrives in a burst of tinkly Greensleeves and movement in the park directs itself to the Claremont Road corner. A long-legged eight-year-old comes back to the family next to us and hands her mother some change: ‘There’s 60p less because I bought one for my new friend.’

2. Sharing small pleasures

‘I’ll give you one of my crisp fivers,’ says the lady in the coffee shop.

3. Notice

In my change is a note with ‘quit your job’ written on it.

by Clare Grant

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  1. Stanley McHale
    September 21, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Three Beautiful Things has become a daily staple… Whatever you do never stop.

    And good to hear your voice again after all these years.

    Kind Regards and A Doffed Cap of Admiration,

    Stanley James McHale

  2. September 21, 2008 at 5:32 pm


  3. KIm BB
    September 21, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Thank you for Three Beautiful Things!

    1. Reading your lines once a week in a big gulp.
    2. Hearing your voice in my head instead of mine.
    3. Looking outside my Pacific Grove, California, USA, door, past the blooming geraniums, sleeping-dog-named-Emily and stone Buddha – and seeing instead the ice cream van and eight-year-old.

    Kim BB

  4. Alison
    September 22, 2008 at 6:50 am

    Simply the best – no one else quite captures, in such a few poetic words, the essence and beauty of daily life. Once again you bring a smile to my face.

    Here’s a link to bring a smile to your face – It’s Otters holding hands – beautiful

    Deepest Thanks,

  5. sanchosser
    September 22, 2008 at 7:42 am


  6. September 26, 2008 at 4:45 am

    Good to read you here! And three truly beautiful things!

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