little one comforting the littler ones.
“if you have an impulse to kindness, act on it.”
when in london many years ago
i happened upon these two in a park
struck by the natural warmth between them
i took this picture without their knowing
hoping i could somehow capture
the easy comfort
in that moment in time
it was simply impossible to do so
but every time i look at this
it makes me feel that warmth again
just for a moment.
“there is a certain phase in the life of the aged
when the warmth of the heart seems to increase in direct proportion with the years.”
-john phillips marquand
after a fun afternoon
and wonderful evening
spent visiting and playing
grandies are tired and tucked in
when suddenly the tears come
missing mom and dad
a story, Kleenex, hugs, a visit from the cat, and a goodnight call to mom
everyone settles in for the night
does it get any better than that?
“very little is needed to make a happy life.”
creates a beautiful and comfortable bed
for the rhino with the broken foot
so that he has a place to lie down
and recover in peace.
“as great scientists have said and as all children know,
it is above all by the imagination
that we achieve perception, and compassion, and hope.”
-ursula k. le guin
as our temps take a dip into the zero-ish range,
it is good to remember the importance of connection,
the joy of giving to others, and the comfort of the sun.
“it is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake,
the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam.
this crisp winter air is full of it.”
~john burroughs, “Winter Sunshine”
painting by: francesca rizzato – ‘Winter’s Tale’
rescue glen frey the cat not the rockstar
is beginning to get comfortable.
he still eats like a mafioso
facing the door
always on his guard
we still startle each other
if either of us enters a room too fast
he doesn’t run away and hide
as much anymore
hangs around a bit longer each day
scooting off to his safe spot
when he needs to
he talks to me loudly
lets me brush him now
and tips over
even has bedtime habits.
at 10:30 each night
he climbs into his cushiony basket
where his stuffed kitty friend
the window bench with a view of outside.
for a guy who’s had a hard and uncertain life
he seems to be settling in just fine.
if it’s the right chair,
it doesn’t take too long to get comfortable in it.
-robert de niro