not a painting of me, but i’m kind of jealous of the princess’s bed.
(except for the annoying vegetable keeping her awake )
restful gentle dreams
soft, fluffy, feathery, warm
in my sleeping nest.
*La Principessa sul pisello/The Princess on the Pea
art credit: Gennadin Spirin
story credit: Hans Christian Anderson
‘o sleep, o gentle sleep,’ i thought gratefully, ‘nature’s soft nurse!’
*”The Princess and the Pea” (Danish: “Prinsessen paa Ærten”; direct translation: “The Princess on the Pea”) is a literary fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson about a young woman whose royal ancestry is established by a test of her sensitivity. The tale was first published in May of 1835.
Andersen had heard the story as a child, and it likely has its source in folk material, possibly originating from Sweden, as it is unknown in the Danish oral tradition. Neither “The Princess and the Pea” nor Andersen’s other tales of 1835 were well received by Danish critics, who disliked their casual, chatty style and their lack of morals.
for even the bravest of warriors there comes a time to lay down their swords and rest
“to be a warrior is to learn to be genuine in every moment of your life.”
“let your children see you slow down.
read a book, walk in the woods,
sip coffee in the early hours of the morning.
because when they grow up,
they’ll know how to slow down, too.”
the farmers and their market are at rest.
doing important work every day
returning here each week to sell their bounty
sleep comes at a price.
‘if the farmer is poor, so is the whole country.’
floating down the river
ready for however long as it takes.
“rivers know this: there is no hurry.
we shall get there someday.”
-a. a. milne
argo park, huron river, ann arbor, mi – summer 2019
friends take a break from recess
in the empty water table
while still waiting for some snow.
recess can be so exhausting.
“you never get tired unless you stop and take time for it.”
after walking many miles
through the parks at home
i traveled north for a visit
to a whole new town
and when walking through the city
i once again find myself
in yet another beautiful park.
‘i don’t know where i’m going from here
but i promise it won’t be boring.’
victoria park, ontario, canada
credits: buzzfeed, googleimages
skipping stones, barefoot, wading,
walking on rocks, talking, and resting
on a slow summer day on the river.
“how beautiful it is to do nothing, and then to rest afterward.”
after a lively yoga session, the kinders rest.
sometimes the most important thing in a whole day
is the rest we take between two deep breaths.