So, I eat oatmeal nearly every day and pretend that I like it. Hmmm. I put it in a little coffee cup just like the one my dad used to use, dress it up with apple sauce and drink a glass of orange juice with it. I also have coffee which I always drink out of vintage coffee mugs because I love the shape and their weight in my hand. The lovely tray is a find from IKEA.
Back to the oatmeal -- It is still oatmeal, I still do not like it but it looks lovely and my body appreciates the sacrifices my taste buds make for my overall good health. So, sometimes dressing something up enough puts us in the mind frame of “a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down”. And I’ll take sugar over Sweet N Low any day! Just sayin’
I was having my usual morning relaxation. I like to sit on my front porch, pet my cats and drink my coffee. It also happened to be one of the two days a week we are allowed to water our yards --thank you draught.
That tiny little acrobat, a hummingbird, was going in circles, in a rhythm with the turn of the sprinkler. I was watching a choreographed dance. I thought that at any moment wood-sprites and pixies could possibly join in. Then, it jumped onto a large leaf and held on. The little branch was waving up & down in the wind . It just kept holding on, riding the leaf like a surfer. Once it caught its balance, it began drinking the droplets as they rolled down the leaf. It made me feel like I was peeping into a world I wasn't supposed to see. Like I had seen a private moment in nature. I was so happy to have been there to see it. I was mesmerized. It took me back to realize that these are the things I am supposed to see. We are supposed to slow down, put the cell phone down, turn off the idiot box (TV, mom's slang) and look for the important things going on around us. These are the things that bring us closer to nature and more in touch with reality. If you become an observer your child will be as well. They learn more by what they see than what their told.
Time is one of those precious commodities that you can never get back. If you don't spend your time wisely, you wake up one day and wonder where it went. The only meaningful memories you have are the ones you take time to make. Your not going to remember what a star wore to the Oscars, but you will remember a special stolen moment--a hummer in the sprinkler.