It has taken many years for me to understand that material things (which seemed so important) can be replaced by the beauty and simplicity of the views from my our backyard —
Like watching the last of the leaves blow off the giant Cottonwood tree
Seeing Fuzzy running alongside the four-wheeler, as we go check the water
Watching the chickens busy scratching in the dirt
Feeding the cows, brushing their fur
The shadows of the buildings slowly working their way across the place until fading into the darkness of the night
Grandchildren playing outside in the late summer evening with laugher floating on the breeze
I used to be too young to care about all these things
Then as time progressed too busy weeding, or mowing, or canning, to notice
But I am old now; these things are my most precious memories
And my most favorite of things
After spending the first part of my life rushing through it I think I’ll spend the last little bit enjoying every minute I have left.
Have a Happy New Year! I’m taking some time off and will return on Monday, January 4, 2010.