Saturday, May 13, 2006

A Gorgeous Day

I am blessed to live in a beautiful part of the country, and today was one of those days that took my breath away...
We are a few hours from the ocean, and about the same distance from the mountains, but this little place in the middle has splendor all its own.

The weather was cool and warm all at once- with an abundance of sunshine and gentle breezes. The sky was brilliant and full of the most lovely clouds I have seen in a long time. It reminded me of South Africa.

(Sunset in Jo'burg, March 2005)

The sun was golden, the green in the trees and on the ground was stunning, and all along the way were flowers. Pink, and purple, white, and yellow...little glorious creations- perfect pieces of art on display everywhere I looked.

I went for a drive with the kids after a movie. I took a side road that had a house for sale on it somewhere down the way. It was a curving road, and as I came out of the bend the land opened up before me and I almost stopped breathing! The earth stretched out into a big grassy plain that sloped up gently, and then down, and further out towards Red Mountain, which should be called "green mountain" this time of year because it was full of towering and lovely trees. Overhead, the sky was a blue I can only describe as being the color of God's eyes. The huge white overstuffed clouds hung above everything...the sharp contrast between the blue and the white made the clouds seem so real, so close, so magnificient...Oh, friends. I thought I was going to cry...

The sight of the green, and the blue,and the white did something to me on the inside...I FELT it. Like something tiny in my gut had sprung to life and was growing rapidly.
It felt wonderful and painful, happy and sad, it felt like life and death, all at the same time. I had to remind myself to keep breathing...and kept saying to the kids..."Look! Would you just look at that! Have you ever seen anything so beautiful in your life?!!!" They oooed and awed for me, "Yes,'s really pretty." But I could tell they didn't feel it like I was feeling it!

I wonder how that could be? I wonder how I could see something as ordinary as earth and sky and be moved to tears, and yet the kids could see the same and feel so much less. What did I see that they missed, or what has touched me so much that my senses are hightened?

Whatever the case, whatever the reason I was moved so deeply- it is a day I will long remember. A day of astounding beauty full of life, and art, and wonder. A day to be outside and to walk in gratitude. A day to smile and revel in.
Today was simply a gorgeous day!

(My Mothers Day gift 2 years ago...a garden bench in a special place :) )

(A view from my deck)


Bone said...

Beautiful pics. I just love it when He does that.

Happy Mothers Day to you.

kate said...

what a day!! It is really nice that you appreciated it and didnt just take it for granted!


Farmboy 2 said...

i love this time of year..but here it has rained and been cold 7 consecutive days...whew i need some heat!!

X. Dell said...

(1) I have it on very high authority that God's eyes are brown.

(2) Those are beautiful pics. That bench you got for Mother's Day is quite inviting.

(3) I hope you had an excellent Mother's Day this year.

(4) You didn't mention what movie you saw.

Mayden's Voyage said...

Thank you bone...what a beautuiful blog you have!
Kate, I hope your M. day was as lovely as mine :)
Farmboy...I am thankful spring comes earlier here than it does where you are!

1. I think it is Jesus with the brown eyes...
2. the bench is so nice in the summer, it is always cool there.
3. Thank you, I did have a great day.
4. The movie was "Hoot" and I DO NOT advise anyone to go see it. Just wait for the tape/DVD, unless you just like liberal, tree-hugging, mushy, anti-development-save the poor little owls froma mean stupid developer, kind of movies.

The book, on the other hand, was very good (according to my daughter) and much better than the film.

luxlucisvita said...

Happy Mother's Day...or belated..happy Mother's Day!..

ey' Mayden...didn't you say your birthday falls on a BIRTHDAY TO YOU...HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!...HAPPY BIRTHDAY...HAPPY BIRTHDAY....owww yeeeah...HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!

hugzzy! :))

luv' the pics!...

bluepaul said...

look at these kids!!!

Enemy of the Republic said...

You are blessed to live in North Carolina. It is a beautiful state. Now I have to read your controversial post. I enjoy the comments you've been leaving on other pages, so I thought I'd hunt you down.

Mayden's Voyage said...

Thanks EOTR...I am going to reply to your comment at the Islam post, I welcome your insight and candor.
Thanks for hunting me down! :)

Mayden's Voyage said...

Thank you so much! It is this month, on the 30th. I will be 37! :)
I hope you had a wonderful Mothers day too...mine was peaceful and sweet, and I did not cook! :)
Hope you have a lovely week!
-Cora :)