Thursday, May 13, 2010
Sometimes life gives you a day where little perfections are so abundant, it's impossible to believe in accidents or coincidence or anything at all but glory.
Today was our first true May day - 70 degrees, full sun, a gentle breeze. The perfect backdrop for everything to follow.
Bright yellow and black goldfinches singing hallelujahs through tiny orange beaks – intricate, melodic, joyful.
Lilacs cut from hand-chosen and lovingly grown bushes, filling the house with the one fragrance that has the power to remind me life has always held magic and goodness, even in the midst of great suffering.
Toby, in his gorgeous sturdy golden majesty, chasing bird shadows all over the back yard. His intensity and the look of sheer glee on his face enough to make me sit and do nothing but watch and laugh and marvel.
The first walk of the season in shorts and T-shirt, through air as inviting as a lover's smile under a canopy of new greens so lush and fresh they promise infinite possibility.
A small nettle sting on my left knee, still zinging hours after I pushed through some foliage, more intent on where I was going than where I was. A sort of delicious pain reminding me of the wild freedom of childhood on a farm.
The discovery on our walk of one single sky blue wildflower, a bluebell of some sort, but one I've never seen on my trail before.
Time with bare feet and bare hands buried in warm earth, pulling weeds – weeds which released their hold easily from the still moist ground. Clearing space around peonies pregnant with impending bloom. Kept company by an old cat soaking up as much heat as possible, just far enough away to avoid being hit by flying greenery.
New sheets washed today and hung on the line to dry. The anticipated pleasure of what that fresh crispness will feel like and smell like almost as good as climbing between the sheets themselves.
Open windows inviting the new spring air to clean the last of winter from every corner of the house.
The day hanging on, even now, with robins chirping their evening song into sky the color of their eggs.
Simple little perfections that add up to a day of heart bursting beauty and love and joy.
photos from Flickr