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.”
Wow...what a wonderful post. I feel so at peace right now just from reading. You rock girl!ReplyDelete
This was pretty. We were outside alot this weekend but it was painfully hot and humid. It rained Sunday night and the humidity is way down now...so much nicer. Happy Tuesday!ReplyDelete
I love sounds like this! Sounds a bit like heaven!!ReplyDelete
PS. Have I told you how much I love visiting your popsicles??! One of my favorite summer treats! And now you are, too!
Thanks for this wonderful post. The calm, peaceful day just seemed to unfold before my eyes.ReplyDelete
What a lovely post. Don't you just love summer?!ReplyDelete
Our family loves nature walks too, for the same reason; to soak in all the goodness He has given us.ReplyDelete
I really enjoy how you write. I felt like I was right there with you! (Wish I was there.)ReplyDelete
Don't you just love days like this? Nature can be a beautiful thing... and perfect to enjoy when the weather is 'just right'. ;)ReplyDelete
I love the sound of silence! Enjoy~ReplyDelete
Lovely images. I can't imagine it was TOO quiet though, baby birds are all mouth and noise! (sound and fury?)ReplyDelete
Weeds are for those of us who have too much shade for grass - at least we see green outside on our 'lawns'...
I'm noticing the beauty of things these days, but there's not much silence around here. And both are due to the same reason: our 3 year old grandson is spending the week with us!ReplyDelete