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Monday, July 19, 2010

One Thousand Gifts . . .

The summer storm rolls in with a wind that breaks the branch.  There will be clean-up, but for now the slight drop in temperature brings a smile that surpasses the dread.

The power flickers and I glance at her face, knowing what is coming. 

Her eyes are round, her smile big.

Do you think the power will go out, Mama?  Oh, I hope so.

Anticipation and excitement.

Candles and oil lamps and board games.

Her sisters felt it, my sisters and I felt it.  I sometimes now feel it.

The dream of living in another time and place.

My list continues . . .


indoor plumbing

cell phones


crock pot

washing machine

central air

cable and choices


But with all of this knowledge and convenience did we lose something?

Did we leave something behind?

Do we neglect?

My list continues . . .

board games

reading out loud


early to bed

early to rise

rocking babies

I Spy

walks in the park

evening baths

cloud watching



magic shows


My list, #129-151.

holy experience


Jennifer said...

I've always said that I thought I was born in the wrong time, until I think about hauling water and washing clothes by hand and outhouses. Makes me quite thankful for where I am!

KTElltt said...

I am right with you on this list, especially
the rocking babies part. I always wonder at the mothers who are so able to sacrifice the sweet times in the rocker with their children because they are either too busy or someone said they would be "spoiled". Hogwash, I say. Rock the babies. Go watch clouds...

Anonymous said...

I would never have believed it if I had not seen it for myself--You put "early to rise" on your thankful list!!

By the way. . . I know this had to do with your last blog, but. . . I seem to remember that when you started this blog, you said that "Shelby Finds" would be recipes you SHARED, not mouth-watering pictures with secret ingredients! What if we promise not to tell? Could we who live too far away for taste-testing have a recipe? (Especially that lemon one from last week???)
Still laughing at the thought of you
rising early,

Penny S. said...

I agree with Janice on this one. I also am laughing at the early to bed idea for anyone in your family :)

Drawing of me losing my cool courtesy of budding artist, Izzy.

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