1. Five beautiful things: Yarn for a blanket. A gallon of maple syrup. Ruthie’s blue eyes. The white-throated sparrow’s song. A fragment of a poem written on an old bookmark.
2. Four unusual things: A hairbrush with broken bristles. A tulip bent by the snow. A rabbit hiding under the sandbox. The tube of tomato paste moved to the vegetable bin.
3. Three things to do: Plant three ramps in the woods. Fill the watering can. Write a note to David.
4. Four unpleasant things: A hollow feeling. The smell of gasoline. A sore thumb. Horsetails in the garden.