“Yesterday I found her among one of my hydrangeas. I sang the ladybug song to her as Basil watched, wondering what I was doing. Oh and he has hidden his turtle again, so all is well in the world ” CATHY SLY she held a lady bug as she shared these words.
My friend Cathy always begins her blog post with a really, really great quote and I love how she has this consistency to her blog. I also happen to love her. She is one of those people I look up to. She is very talented with her words and pictures and I love her outlook on life. So the other day when I blogged about my health challenge I opened up with a quote from another friend of mine Linda and I think I have decided to honor the women in my life by sharing their words which are relevant to the now and I happen to think they have really great words to share. I can’t wait to begin sharing quotes and other blogs I love in this way.
Yesterday I went for a walk. It was absolutely gorgeous. The temperature was just right, the breeze was soft, the sun was golden and I tried to keep my eyes wide open while I walked around the school. The same walk , I walk over and over and it’s not very exciting you see. But the last two walks I tell myself, maybe I will find a feather because finding my hearts are a given but finding feathers is a rare treasure but the last two walks I have happened upon feathers. Yesterday in fact I found a feather with a heart. I have found these kinds of feathers before but not on my walk. My sort of boring walk I do. Then I realized after also recently reading an article in Bella Grace about loving were we live. And it’s so true, we need to love exactly where we are.
I didn’t choose this house per say. It was a gift. It was offered to us at a great price. We knew it would be a lot of hard word but we also thought we may never own a house had we not taken up this offer that was given to us. So we took it. I never wanted to live in this city, I wanted to live in the city I grew up in. I didn’t want to live in a 1950’s house without a big front porch or fireplace (we put in a fireplace). I didn’t want a green bath tub (we put in a big white deep one) I didn’t want holes in nearly every wall (so we fixed them) broken doors and windows (all replaced every last one) I didn’t want a house full of dead cockroaches (thankfully that’s no longer the case). I just didn’t want it. Although I was grateful I thought I would be gone from here by now. It was supposed to be a five-year plan and here we are ready to enter our 16th year. I sure didn’t want power lines and traffic behind my house. I didn’t want it. But it’s what I got. So in the spirit of loving exactly where I am I share our view. Pictures from last nights sunset and I purposely kept the power lines in the background because guess what? I truly, truly have learned to love them. They are my view and they are like art. They really are, all the lines above me, it’s like just like art and I love it now. I have also described my traffic noise like crashing waves, its now what I know, it’s what comforts me and I have grown to love it.
Besides finding a feather on my walk WITH a HEART, the other hi-light was the smiling blond boy in his stroller who widely grinned and told me hello as he waved. So naturally I smiled wide and said my hello back with a big wave, he was tickled but I think I was tickled more.
Hope Monday has been good. I’m about ready to take another walk around my 1950’s neighborhood, which I have honestly grown to love. I love how time and wisdom can change a mind.
Much love and may you find feathers and hearts and smiley faces on your walks and the smell fresh-cut grass and laundry and your neighbors cooking dinner, these are the things that make my walks worth while.