Some days it's the seemingly small things that bring light, beauty and cheer to the soul.
Gathering rosemary and seeing a dear little bird's nest (probably from last spring, and not currently inhabited) nestled in the heart of the rosemary bush, which gives flavor to my food and shelter to baby birds and their families, is one such delight. Especially given that some of the nearby branches are in bloom, and we're now nearing the end of October.
Deciding to sit at the park today instead of at home or a café to work, and hearing someone in the parking lot speak out my address, saying, "where is this place?" It's the delivery man with fresh-cut aloe leaves grown by my uncle-in-law (lovingly known as the aloe shaman in our family) and sent to us as a gift. I was at the right place at the right time, because my husband would have hard a very hard time indeed giving directions to the driver, because we're not on any official map, or on any official road. I walked home with the aloe package in my arms and gratitude in my heart.
Not all moments shine as brightly as these. There are struggles. Yesterday I was having a moment of existential angst over the difficulty of finding a local office space for work (but I have a good lead - fingers crossed!) and he replied by citing Boethius. My friends, there's certainly a time and a place for citing Boethius, but yesterday evening was no such time, at least to my way of thinking. I told him not to be pedantic in such critical moments and then told him "I'm much more like Bradamante than Griselda." Sorry - if you're not well-versed in Medieval philosophy and Medieval and Renaissance literature, this may not make sense. Suffice it to say that when the going gets rough, some people respond more passively, and some respond more actively. It would be fair to add that when the going gets rough, I go into full-blown warrior-woman mode. And my husband goes all stoic on me, and then I tell him he's pedantic, and he tells me I'm intense, and then we laugh. Because we really can be very silly sometimes.
What's one thing that made you struggle or smile, or both this week?