This post is to participate in the 5 Story challenge.
Story #1 – Seeing Art.
I woke up a little after 5 a.m. – (went to bed early so I was ready to start the day). As I grabbed a glass to have my morning herbs (before my java) I noticed that there was a nice shadow on the counter. The overhead cabinet lights mixed with the dawn to allow a soft light into the kitchen. I took out a few more glasses and spent a couple of minutes experimenting – and then took a few photos (it reminded me of this old tea cup ballet photo here). When I looked at these shadow photos later on – I realized that this is an artsy outlet for me right now – and it lifted some guilt I was feeling for not doing other art. You see, for the past three weeks I have been “meaning” to paint or do something with clay – but it has felt obligatory and forced – and it just was not happening! Anyhow, I finally put away the brushes, paint, and misc. art bins – and felt contentment settle in. – Without sounding too cheesy – I felt contentment for just being in tune with me and with what I need (or don;t need right now) – and I also felt grateful for living in a day and age with so much art access.
Story #2 – Having fun.
My son was home for a couple of weeks this month and we all played cards at different times (while he also rested up and did other things). Sometimes just leaving the cards out (easy access) allows us to play more- which might not happen if everything was put away. Anyhow, my son’s first day back home – we actually sat down to play a board game – we went through the list – with “No, nope, nah, no….” and finally agreed to play some old-fashioned cards. Then one son said, “Hold on a second,” and he came back with sunglasses for everyone to put on (as a joke). We all wore the shades for an entire hand (and someone hummed a few lines from the Kenny Rogers’ song, “You gotta know when to hold’em, know when to foldem'”) Anyhow, it was a fun time – and another nice thing about “cards” is that you can play for ten minutes or two hours – it is very win-win.
3 – Journaling.
It seems like all my life I have liked to keep a paper journal. I find it to be a valuable wellness tool for organizing thoughts, reflecting on life, and keeping a bit of a scrapbook about some of the ordinary, but important things, which are too easily forgotten. I usually just write a page a day, but sometimes I do not write for a couple of months – it really depends on the season. The other day, I was out in the yard to write a page or two – while getting some vitamin D from the sun, and I noticed another cool shadow.
I also was thinking about teenagers and how much they still have to learn – and here is what I jotted down for my son:
“I wish I could pump life lessons
inside of your head!
Like water from a hydrant
flood your brain with what I’ve learned.
I wish wisdom for you son –
Of course you have much of this already-
with times of sheer brilliance.
But I know some learning ONLY comes with age….
while living life
working through strife
problem solving issues
adapting to miscues
Soaking up the highs
appreciating blue skies
with tough fragility.
working through sh – um, I mean stuff.
Growing with God –
and feeling his presence…
learning more about yourself
your unique essence.
And so while I can’t flood your brain
I CAN frequently contribute- like nourishing rain-
to help coach, guide, and share…
I love you so much and I’m really glad you’re here.
Story #4 Conversation.
The fourth little story just has to do with going out for dinner. Last week, we sat around talking with full stomachs – and I realized what a smart investment dining out can be for us at times. We do not spend a lot of money when we go out to eat (part of this is because we find the deals at the places we love) – but we sometimes really make it happen because when it is NOT overdone – it can be so refreshing – and lead to some nice “conversating” – and on this night – we talked about recent episodes of The Profit, how to take pano images, and summer stuff.
Story #5 Rose of Sharon garden analogy.
For my last story in the 5 story challenge – I had to end with a garden analogy – because the woodland gnome nominated me for this challenge, and this “dirty hands gardener slash former Educator” also has a really nice camera – and so this final story is to say thanks for the nom.
A few years ago, I bought two Rose of Sharon plants. One I kept potted – and the other one I put in the ground. Guess what? The potted one never grew very much, whereas the one that went into the ground thrived and has given me at least a dozen baby plants to give away. This is so different for hydrangea and hibiscus shrubs – because those plants seem to thrive in a pot and do better with having their roots bound. But not this Rose of Sharon, oh no! This prolific bloomer and easy to grow sturdy beauty – well it prefers to be in the ground where the roots can reach out and expand.
Well people are like this too – now maybe it depends on the phase of our lives – where we have seasons of feeling restricted and unable to grow if things are not exciting enough- but then other times we might prefer to live a simpler life and find comfort in feeling potted.
In the photo below you can see the stunted potted shrub compared to the vibrant “in the ground” plant – can you see the difference? I guess the message with this little garden note is a reminder to first, figure out what you need for your wiring at a certain life phase – and then make it happen – don’t apologize for it – celebrate it.
Thanks for dropping by and I hope you all have a nice day!
Oh – and to join in on the 5 story challenge, I would like to invite the following 5 bloggers:
(there is no pressure to join in – just trying to think of 5 bloggers who have not down the challenge yet)
You can Choose:
Option A- Post 5 short stories in a single post (like this one) – or
Option B – post 5 stories in 5 consecutive days.