"I've been letting my mind wonder at night. My thoughts should have a curfew." Am Kidd

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

On a night like this

A rainy night and I find myself reminiscing. One of the things I appreciate about this time of the year is precisely the way it makes me stop and just be. It’s hard to concentrate when the sun is shining, the garden is bursting with color, the birds are singing love songs, and the moon hangs so low in the sky one can almost reach out and touch it. But, on a night like this the heart can fold itself, rest in a cozy nook, and dream at leisure of past days and those to come.

They say that the first five years in a person’s life are the most important, and while I am certainly no expert in the matter, I humbly disagree. Every single day is important, they are the pages of our own  Book of Life. We may not notice, we may dash about in a frenzy trying to get things done, we may fall into bed numb and unable to utter a word, but our brain, our mind and soul will have stored everything: the color of a leaf, the sound of footsteps on the pavement, muffled conversations, a tune, a certain face, a glimmering moonlight. Then those memories will come, they will surface unannounced, sometimes in quilted fragments, sometimes as a whole, and they will arouse glee or sorrow, relief or regret. Every day is important along with the rituals they hold: making the bed, watering a plant, brushing our child’s hair, choosing what to wear, stopping for bread. How lucky to be able to do all that! How lucky to have a home to come to at the end of the day and be greeted by a smile, how lucky to prepare a meal, sit on a comfy chair, enjoy a cup of tea. 

I am listening to the rain falling softly, mixed with tiny, glittering bits of ice and I am tempted to make a list of things I'd like to do. For example, learn to ride a bicycle (a subject better left for another post) join a gardening club, and so much more, but for now I believe I will just sit here, focus on all I have, and be thankful.

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  1. Good luck with learning to ride a bicycle, but as it is all down to balance that could actually be one of the things that's best done in the first five years of life...

    It has also been raining a lot where I live.
    Ground absolutely saturated at the moment.

    But it will dry out. If you can master the bicycle, you'll find that cycling through the countryside on a bright spring day is a fabulous thing to do...

    It is not so much fun when it is cold and wet....

  2. I also love rainy evenings ~ a chance for quiet reflection. And, yes, every single day, every single moment, is important and special. Your posts are always full of wisdom, inspiration, and reminders, Alina. Thank you for sharing. xx

  3. Wonderful..and always so heartfelt!

  4. Its rainy here too. Your post is in the moment, a wonderful heartfelt reflection. Thank you~ xxVicki

  5. Dear Alina, i do so love your words. I agree every moment is so very precious x x

  6. TGR, balance seems to be one of the things (few, I hope) I missed during those crucial first five years, but I promise I shall try!

  7. Dear Carol, Dear Ruthie, so happy to see you again! xx

    Thank you Kiki! xx

    Vicki, I've just come from your place and saw your new and adorable pets. I'm sure they will appreciate the rain in their quest for food ;) xx

  8. Good luck.
    Pls let us all know how you get on.

  9. Your blog has just about saved my life. Thank you for your wonderful gift.

  10. Nan, I am glad to hear you enjoy my Blog. Thank you! Hope to see you again soon- xx

  11. I heartily agree! I have a little caravan under the Tor at Glastonbury. People are aghast when I say it has no TV. It is heaven to just be there, quiet and without distractions. No phones, no noise and just my 2 scrauffy dogs for company- perfect!


Albert Schweitzer said "In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit" I thank you all!