Feel the warmth of the sun on your shoulders
and the tickle of the wind in your hair.
Smell the sea salt as it sprays into the air.
Breathe long and deep; enjoy your day.
Do the things you must, but take time to play.
Living in the Gap
February 3, 2012 – Squirrel seeking shelter
The rain was so light it was hardly a drizzle, more like a mist. A fluffy-tailed squirrel tucked himself beneath the azalea bush that grows at the base of a tall pine. His hands were cupping pinecone seed to his mouth. His face twitched each time he gnawed. As a droplet of rain fell from the azalea leaves onto his tail he shook it furiously which in turn caused more to fall on him…he ran around to the other side of the tree and shot up the backside. He stopped midway and turned around and looked down as if he was searching for the culprit who threw water on him. It made me think of how we do things with consequence yet we look for someone else to blame.
February 4, 2012 – Sewing on a button
The other day Oldest asked me to sew a button on a jacket for him, and I obliged. I’ve known both of my kids to sew buttons themselves (when I’m not available). I never really thought about whether I had taught them or they taught themselves or learned in Boy Scouts. Anyway, Youngest asked me to sew one on a shirt for him so I took full advantage of the opportunity. He threaded the needle for me and handed it to me. I showed him how to knot it (though he already knew all about knots from Scouting!) and proceeded to show him how to go in and out diagonal and then the other way. I told him to do it at least four times each way and before I knew it I was in for a fifth time…extra stitch for sureness…and then tied a double knot…nothing like a sewing lesson with your grown son. I guess I had his time for a few minutes…hmmm, I wonder if he was really paying attention or if his mind was somewhere else.