“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

9.29.2008

Gifts where there seemed to be none

In which I receive gifts.

I am busy, busy, busy & I do not do busy, busy, busy well at all. I am a mess. You no doubt can see me pulling out my hair, wringing my hands, doing my usual job of agonizing oh-so-well. Much is out of my control. Yesterday & today I forced myself to stand still, at least inside myself (this week there is no standing still allowed outside myself) and find the smiles of the Universe. Here is what I received in return: 1. The very first insects to fly through my new front door were 2 mating dragonflies - they flew a circle around those of us in the room & back out. That cannot be a bad sign. 2. a young girl flying a kite from her scooter 3. a surprise of a book, all wrapped in pink paper, from the wonderful Robin 4. a wonderful secret that I cannot tell just yet, but it's truly, truly happy-making (and if my mother is reading this, no, I'm not getting married) 5. getting lost on familiar backroads with the ever-wonderful Michael, and ending up at a cafe that served a fabulous baked potato - you know, just normal size, perfectly baked, butter only, salt & pepper; no unnecessary stuff piled on top, probably homegrown 6. election signs in the front yards of people way off on some country back road that read Vote Obama/Noriega, and no, I don't get it either, and I'm not breaking a rule & talking politics - they just made no sense & that made me smile; I was in the mood for nonsensical stuff 7. that movie with Doris Day & the guy that played Sissy & Buffy's uncle was on tv - the one where they each have about 8 or 9 kids, and then they fall in love & get married, and it was truly awful & made me so happy 8. Mad Men.

9. This silence in front of the computer screen

11 comments:

  1. i love lists...thanks for sharing yours! :-)

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  2. The universe was smiling down on you today :)

    I would have loved to have seen the girl flying the kite from her scooter...what a great picture that would have made! Was the kite red? I picture red.

    xo

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  3. Julie - Lists are just so soothing. They put things in perspective, don't they?

    Jaime - Yes. Red. A picture was called for, but I was driving & the camera was in the back floorboard & she was FLYING, to keep that kite up.

    :) Debi

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  4. Debi, this is one of the happiest posts I've seen in days. It made me feel good just reading. When I visit you I always feel like I've stepped inside of a Bailey White book...only better because it's fresh, new and I have no idea what I'm about to find out.

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  5. The site of the little girl on her bike must have been wonderful... maybe sometimes, these moments are not meant to be photographed, but treasured in memory :-)

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  6. I marvel at what the universe unfolds....I'm happy to see that you do the same :o)

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  7. Cookie - Sometimes I myself am surprised! LOL!

    Carol - You are so right. It's a picture in my head & that is a true treasure.

    WW - Welcome. The universe just hands us this these things, does it not? It's up to us to offer thanks. Thanks for visiting!

    :) Debi

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  8. Can you give us a tiny *hint* about the secret?

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  9. Tango - Uh-uh. I'm sworn to secrecy & I crossed my heart & everything. But it's REALLY nice!

    :) Debi

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  10. Well that makes some people want to wheedle it out of you even more!

    heh heh.

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  11. Oh, I can withstand wheedling. I'm tough!

    :)

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