Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under
trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water,
or watching the clouds float across the sky is by no means
a waste of time.
- J. Lubbuck
Yesterday, I heard the silence. I heard the birds, and I listened to the wind blowing softly. The humidity was down, and the temperature was a very nice 83 degrees. I sat outside for a good part of the day, enjoying the weather and the sounds, reading a book, and dozing off every now and then. I heard kids playing in the distance, taking me back to that same neighborhood, many years ago. Some things never change!
Over the weekend, I spent time on the back porch watching a mama robin with her two young offspring. She grabbed a worm, then took it to the chirping offspring. Then, mama hopped around the yard, with her 2 offspring hopping behind her. I had never witnessed such a sight before. I could tell the other 2 robins were young, because they still had some white downy feathers on their chests. Husband said that maybe one of those offspring was the bird that I almost stepped on.
I would like to think so, but it's highly doubtful. Most likely they were siblings.
Even with traffic going by, Air Force jets in the sky, and the hum of the air conditioner, I was able to just enjoy the sounds of nature. My flowers are still blooming (I haven't killed off any of them yet!) giving the butterflies and bees a table on which to dine. A butterfly landed on my shirt and stayed there for a couple of minutes, right next to my heart. By the time Youngest Son went in to get my camera, its rest was over and it flew away. I may have had a butterfly land on me before, but never for that period of time.
Although I'm not real sure why God created weeds (except maybe for us to learn patience!), I'm amazed at this wonderful earth he gave us.
“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”