Sometimes you get so caught up in life that you forget about living, or at least the things that surround your life and make it what it is. I spend a lot of time running to the grocery store, and the school, the doctor’s or the dentist’s, etc.. Lately, thanks to the weather, I’ve spent more time looking at the four walls of my house than I’d like to. Yesterday was an exception. It was a beautiful, sunny, warm day. Billowy clouds moved across the skies, and a soft breeze kept the heat of the sun at bay. I took the kids to the park and just sat absorbing the life there. I felt the sun on my skin, the breeze in my hair, the laughter of children filled my ears, the sweet scent of cut grasses tickled my airways, and all around me was sunshine green – you know…that pretty green that the leaves and the grass get when they filter sunlight? Its one of those moments that etches itself in your memory.
Later, as they are often want to do this summer, the clouds covered the sun and a cold wind howled through the streets of Ottawa. But, fully energized from the time spent at the park, I propelled myself forward and ended up at the centre of town. I often forget how beautiful the down town is. I live in the burbs and don’t often get a chance to enjoy what the city has to offer. Took the kids to an IMAX film which turned into a disaster as they got scared and we had to leave. But sometimes we get lucky and fortune smiles on us just when we think its forgotten us. The IMAX theatre is at the Museum of Civilization – one of the most incredibly intricate and beautiful pieces of modern architecture I’ve seen. As I walked out into what might be considered a courtyard, I was awestruck by the view. My eye followed down a tumbling waterfall and pond, through a loose maze of white sculptures, and over manicured lawns to the Ottawa River, across the river and up a steep embankment to the parliament buildings. The gorgeous circular library had been released from the bonds of scaffolding, which seemed to be there for years, and sat like a newly polished jewel on the hill. “What a great city I live in.”, I thought to myself as if I’d noticed for the first time. “Wow.”
I followed all that up with Thai cuisine…talk about a journey and absolute pleasure for the tastebuds! 🙂 (I think this is another post in itself)
I think every town, every city, every piece of countryside has its jewels. We just have to remember to look for them. Moments of colours, sounds, sights, tastes…we can all enjoy some or all of these things…all at once or a few at a time. If the rain is getting you down…go out and inhale the scent of fresh earth, admire the emerald grasses, feel the mist delight your skin. Look around. You might have forgotten in the chaos…that there’s more to life. Enjoy your day and all your days after. I’d love to hear about where you live, if you care to share it.