when hanging outside with a couple of my grandies,
we talked as they worked on creating pictures
taken from online designs
very, very carefully selecting each tiny bead to put into place
i thought it would be a good time to tell them about my cat, olive
who loves to pounce on the jigsaw puzzles on my table
when she finds me in the midst of them
i also thought i would do a mini dramatic recreation of how it all happens
as i pretended to be olive, bouncing my hand on the table
i apparently was a little too into my role
when i hit the table
we all froze for a few seconds
after noticing that all of their hard work
had just been destroyed in the course of my acting.
great recovery though
as i apologized
we all laughed and laughed and laughed at what happened
that while it would take a long time to rebuild their designs
we also also knew
that life can be so instantly funny sometimes.
“the more you find out about the world, the more opportunities there are to laugh at it.”
– bill nye
a gate in the hedge
leads the way
is it better
walk on by?
“the world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.”
-ralph waldo emerson
the cat of the house
where I am housesitting
does not settle for an easy way out
pushes for me to move ahead
and subjects my puzzle solutions to close scrutiny.
“close scrutiny will show that most ‘crisis situations’
are opportunities to either advance, or stay where you are.”
“all of us might wish at times
that we lived in a more tranquil world,
but we don’t.
and if our times are difficult and perplexing,
so are they challenging and filled with opportunity.”
—robert f. kennedy, who died on this day in 1968
for age is opportunity no less than youth itself, though in another dress,
and as the evening twilight fades away, the sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.
~henry wadsworth longfellow
image credit: flickr.com
while b and j
were in my care today
it was real hot outside
so we walked up to the ice cream store
dragging long sticks along the ground
jumping down the sidewalk
when i got a little lost
“maybe you’re taking the LONG shortcut”
yes, that’s it exactly
last thing i remember their dad saying
before he left was
“make sure they don’t get messy. we’re heading to a party as soon as i get home.”
well it kind of went bad in that department real fast
we took the short shortcut home
tossed acorns pinecones pebbles
onto the street
washed hands face arms legs shoes clothes phone and glasses
so much sweaty sticky fun.
see any detour as an opportunity to experience new things.
– h. jackson brown, jr.
every morning brings new potential,
but if you dwell on the misfortunes of the day before,
you tend to overlook tremendous opportunities.
– harvey mackay