Monday, 22 August 2016

Small and wonderful things . . .



"The world is fairly studded and strewn with pennies cast broadside from a generous hand. But who gets excited by a mere penny?...It is dire poverty indeed when a man is so malnourished and fatigued that he won't stoop to pick up a penny. But if you cultivate a healthy poverty and simplicity, so that finding a penny will literally make your day, then, since the world is in fact planted with pennies, you have with your poverty bought a lifetime of days. It is that simple. what you see is what you get." ~Anne Dillard

A few of the small and wonderful things which bring untold joy into my life. It's the small things in life which truly mean the most. Simple abundance . . . it's the best.

 

Thanks to DVD's Sunday night is still  Downton Abby night.  We find ourselves watching these and our Call the Midwife DVD's over and over again.  We never seem to tire of them.   Even when we know what is coming next.   Well done is well done, and it never ever goes out of style.


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My daughter posted a video and a photograph of Maryn doing "Slacklining" on FB.   Slacklining is the activity or sport of balancing on a rope or strip of webbing that is fixed high above the ground but not stretched so as to be taut.  People do it over Cheddar Gorge, or so I have been told.  This line is only a few feet off the ground.  The video was so much fun to watch and I got to hear her giggle with joy on it.  That did this grandmother's heart so much good.  Last weekend it was a video of her riding her bicycle.  My little granddaughter is growing up so fast.  She will be starting school in another week or so . . .  yet another milestone reached.


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Love all my grandbabies  . . .  Cameron . . .


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Gabe  . . .


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Luke  . . .



My three "j's" . . .  Josh, Jon and Jakey . . .

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Lucy and Baxter  . . .

I don't think anything ever prepares you for feeling the love that you feel for your grand babies . . . .it is unique and out of this world.  I hate that I live so far away from them all.  My heart longs to have sleepovers and to bake cookies with them, to read them stories and to laugh with them, to cuddle them and to get sticky kisses.  Thankfully through the wonders of the www I do get to talk to some of them on occasion and we laugh about things like sticky pancake toes  . . .  but  I do miss out on all the cuddles and special moments between a nan and her grandchildren that can only happen in person.

Mustn't dwell on these things I know.  Instead must focus on the blessings of what I do have.

The blessing of instant communication.  I don't have to wait for months or years for letters to arrive.  And through the magic of the Internet I can actually speak with them face to face, not over the telephone, or not at all.   How the pioneers ever did it I will never know.  Things are so much easier these days in that way.  We are spoiled and we don't even know it.


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 The luxury of always having lived in an environment which is free from real fear . . . free from the terrors of war, famine and hunger and pestilence . . . access to basic free education, free and excellent health care . . . freedom of speech and religion . . .  to have never ever known what it is to live without any of these things which we all take so very much for granted.

 The luxury of being able to give something back, however small.

Gratitude.  Feeling gratitude.

 The luxury of having been born "white."  To never know the sting of prejudice, never to be held back because of the colour of your skin, or your race, or your religion or background.

I am a child of priviledge.  No,  I may not be rich in the things of this world.  But I am rich in the things which truly count and things which cannot be measured by the human eye, but only by the heart.

And once again grateful for the gratitude and in knowing these things, in recognising how very blessed I am and have always been.

To be loved by many.  To be able to love in return.


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Being able to look at life and my world with the perspective of abundance, instead of pessimism and loss.


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 Knowing the value of a new pair of shoes . . . and feeling appreciation for them.  I am grateful that I only have 3 pairs, for that is three more pairs than many in this world have.

 

Being able to see a field full of wishes instead of a field full of weeds  . . .

 

The blessing of being able to grow old, for there are many who do not get this gift . . .

My cup does runneth over.  God is good.

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Cooking in The English Kitchen today   . . .  Roasted Pork with Sage and Potatoes.  This was so delicious, I can't tell you. 

 I wish for you a week filled with abundance.  Please know that  . . .

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And I do too!

 

7 comments:

Suze said...

Good Morning Marie.

I am sitting in a MacDonald's while Pip is at rehearsal for Shout. Beth was to go but she is sick and needs to be in bed. So here I am. At least I have free internet. I don't feel very comfortable though as there have been shootings at this store. Fortunately it is not near home.

Loved today's post and the growing grandchildren. The slack lining thing looks like so much fun.

You are so correct. We are blessed to live in the age we do live in. Things with the web may not be perfect. But here I am writing to you half a world away with such ease. I am happy that you are able to communicate with your grandchildren. Time goes so quickly and at least you can keep up.

God bless always.

Marie Rayner said...

It must be a bit nerve wracking to sit in a place where they has been shootings Suzan, but take comfort in the fact that lightening rarely ever strikes twice in the same place. I am glad that Maryn is being encouraged to be athletic. I wish I had been as a child! I am grateful for many things my dear friend, and am grateful for your friendship always. God bless. xoxo

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It is such a blessing to grow old. There are plenty that don't get the chance. I like you have so many things to be thankful for. We're having a beautiful day here. Refreshing as we are getting a break from the terrible heat we have had for most of this summer. Hope your Monday is a wonderful one too !

La Table De Nana said...


You are so graciously grateful Marie..

And no the pie was not your recipe:)
Never have I made a thing that was off of yours:)
Too funny..last night a friend emailed me and said we will have to stand in line for your 3 tenors..about the boys..I am not on FB but can go to my daughters pages,and Carlonie had posted a video of the boys..she sent it to me..I will post it next week..so if you can get the video..you can post it:) My daughters do not mind at all:) Wouls love to hear her giggle.

Marie Rayner said...

I am so glad that we only ever very rarely have a day with extreme heat Pam! I can't cope very well with great extremes. It takes it all out of me. I am happy you are finally having some relief from it! Hope you have a wonderful week! xoxo

Thanks Monique. I hope it didn't sound like I was racist, I only meant that I am grateful that I have never had to deal with rascism myself. My heart goes out to those who do. Its not right. I have to smile at the thought of your three tenors! What a hoot! I would love to know how to save the videos from facebook. I have several that I would love to save. I don't know how. :-( Her giggle is very engaging! My heart melted! xoxo

Deb said...

What a lovely post of gratitude. I would add a resounding Amen to everything! Have a wonderful week, Marie!

Marie Rayner said...

Thanks so much Deb! I think that a life lived in gratitude is a life well lived! God bless you! xoxo