Weekly Writing Challenge: Collecting Details

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The weekly challenge was to remember three details from your day or week and write at least a paragraph containing them.  This is my take on the challenge.

The endless blue sky was abundant with birds making the south their home for now and the mild, dry temperature, made it a perfectly beautiful day for a walk.

I slowed my pace and glanced backward as I heard the rumbling of a car in the distance behind me.  My tennis shoes made crunching sounds in the gravel as they left the smooth black pavement to let the car pass.  As the car slowed, and inched closer, I could hear the country music flowing from the radio, and as it closed the distance I could smell the smoke billowing out of the driver side window before I could see it.  When it was parallel with me, it became apparent that I could have reached out and wrote words in the dirt on it’s red paint job, but of course I refrained.

I passed the house on the corner with the always well manicured lawn and the smell of something wonderful tempted me.  I wondered if the couple who live there were enjoying their lunch together, as much as the doves were enjoying their bird feeder.  Not a quarter of a mile later, the smell of low tide assailed my nostrils as I passed the canals and creeks along my route.  The fiddler crabs hurriedly retreated to their muddy, watery refuge as they realized an intruder in the midst.

All too soon, it was time to turn around and head back home, so as not to overstay my lunch break.  This brief repose from work rejuvenates me and strengthens my resolve to face the rest of the day.  The time spent on meditation on thankfulness, in prayer and yes even in song, in the midst of God’s glorious creation, soothes me.  I can forgive the intrusion of the cars rushing by, because they remind me I’m not stuck inside, at least not for a few moments.

Daily Prompt: Your Time to Shine

Early bird, or night owl?

That was the question.  This is an easy one for me.  I have always been the early bird.

By around 9pm my mind is done for the day, as far as providing intelligent, insightful conversation or coming up with any grand ideas.  As a child, I remember begging my night owl sister to go to bed when I did because I was scared of the dark.  She often relented because she has a heart as beautiful as morning dew on a rose.

To wake up early, and enjoy the beginning of a brand new day, fresh and new,  is exhilarating to me!  My thoughts are clear, my body is refreshed and my soul wakes up grateful for this life and another day to really live it!

On the rare occasion that I do “sleep in” until around 7:00, I feel like I have most likely missed something.  I want to be awake to see that sun rising to usher in a new day, full of hope.  Next, I want to enjoy the flurry of activity that follows, especially the bird song and others waking up.  Although I’m annoying, I feel like I help to wake them up happy and move them along towards a joyful day.

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive — to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.  Marcus Aurelius

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