Friday, April 12, 2013
Here and Now
In my dreams, I still roam valleys barefoot, smiling into the sun and smelling the grass, flowers and water that sing spring.
Here and now I live in a small city, a beautiful green corner of it, but still not the wide open spaces my heart knows as home. And yet there's beauty here.
There's the joy of recognizing a friend as we go about errands in town.
The unexpected delight of seeing sun hit water as one turns a corner, going from city streets to wide open river.
I can live in memories and dreams, and let my mind's eye vividly open pictures of spring spent elsewhere. And at times, I love to do that. But living in the here, the now, creates new memories and delights. It's a different place than what I'm used to, but it's become home over time. Here I have a loving church family, my much-beloved husband, and a little city to explore. Walking among Civil War battlefields and historic buildings, one finds treasure here - a coffee shop that makes some of the best lattes I've ever tasted, a thrift store that looks more like a cozy cottage than a garage sale, unexpected glimpses of beauty as trees and gardens peek out amidst the downtown streets.
I treasure my memories, but I give thanks for the joys of life here and now.
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