“Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called, ‘All The Things That Could Go Wrong.” Marianne Williamson
Happy Sunday! It’s a little overcast and cool today, but I don’t think rain is in the forecast. The hummingbirds are flitting about at the feeder and that makes me smile to hear their little wings and chirps.
Our church services are cancelled for the day because our rector has the flu. I never thought of that before. He doesn’t have an associate pastor and has never been sick, that I know if, since we’ve attended this church. I looked up the lectionary and readings for today and will definitely miss his sermon about how they all tie together. Here is my verse of the day. Not from the lectionary but from one I get emailed to me. I like it and it reminds me of God’s love for us.
Gosh, there is a lot going on in the world. I haven’t turned on the news yet. Between earthquakes, hurricanes, Covid, what’s happening in Afghanistan and in our own crazy country, I needed the peace and tranquillity of our little church service in the woods more than I knew. There are other churches, I know.
I wonder if the above quote by Marianne Williamson is true this year for kids. It reminds me of when our son was little, we tried not to watch the news ALL the time. Then 9/11 happened and at first, we shielded him and then we couldn’t stop watching. It’s interesting what kids see and feel. We watched as people jumped out of the Trade Center windows to their deaths in hopes of trying to save their lives, when it popped on one night unexpectedly. Now they warn you but back then, it was real time, minute by minute and I was transfixed. Jack turned to me and asked, “but who will pick up all of the garbage? This is so bad for the Earth!”, and started to cry. At 6 years old, didn’t realize that they were people and just saw the papers and debris fluttering down from the windows to the ground, along with all of the other things. They were studying recycling and the planet in 2nd grade that year. Saving the Earth really made an impact. I’m so glad that at that time, he didn’t realize there were people too. You never know how kids see or feel things until they verbalize it or show it in another way.
How will our kids process all of what’s going on in the world now? Add mask wearing in schools and I think it would be tough. That message and vision alone is frightening. Facial expressions are so important for little ones to communicate and process. I’m glad I don’t need to explain this one to a little person. I hope they can all be happy go lucky and just having a ball. Childhood should be fun. Get them to the woods, or a playground, or a stream, or a beach! Fresh air is the best. Nothing like living in the Laurel Highlands. We may not have the latest of all current trends, but we have lakes, streams, rivers, forests and trails. Right here. Within driving distance!
So sorry for that downer. As for yesterday, we had Connor, the grand dog and he is great to have around. It’s OK being a part time dog sitter. He absolutely LOVES Jay and as long as he can see him, he’s in Heaven.
I did need to pick a few things up at the farmers market yesterday and then headed down to H.Wonder Coffee and Records for a bite of lunch. If you haven’t been there yet, put it on your to-do list. Everything is fresh and made for you, right there. The coffee hasn’t been sitting in a pot for hours getting burnt. The pour-overs are fantastic. This was a lavender cold brew (I think that’s what she called it) with oat milk. It was really refreshing! Pear is the flavor of the week. They are just coming into season.
I’d gotten patty pan squash, fresh lettuce, purple and white potatoes, tiny beets, and the sweetest donut peaches. I like to wash them outside and then dry them on our table on the patio.
Felting is caused by hot to cold water temp with agitation. Water and extreme temperature changes do amazing things. It pays to be careful. Cold to hot is ok. Hot to cold? Not so much.
By the way, I had my Sierra Tank Dress on all day. It was perfect for the weather and everything I did.
In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, get outside for some fresh air and keep the length of an alpaca cria (which is a baby alpaca and about 3 feet long) between you and the next person.
Have a blessed day!