Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Little Things

Slice and share at Two Writing Teachers with Ruth and Stacey.

It has been a day of many little things that bring me joy.

During our morning drive this morning my son said to me, "MOM, I just saw a blue heron again in that pond back there."
"Well then, we are going back because I have yet to see this heron you keep telling me about and I want a picture." My son knows this is my favorite bird, I always point them out with delight on the rare occasion when I see one. He seems to have caught the blue heron bug too.
I was amazed to see not one but two unique birds. I am still unsure of the exact species. The darker bird may have been a Little Blue Heron or a type of Sandhill Crane. The other bird was white and I think it must have been a White Egret. I did read this evening that the juvenile of the Little Blue Heron is also white. A mystery, but one I will hopefully be able to solve as I get more peeks at these fabulous animals. I may need to take a different camera tomorrow and zoom in a bit better. Hopefully they are still there.
I love how you can see the fall colors and the egret's white reflection on the water.

I had a day full of support at school today and felt like a lot was accomplished just because a couple of people helped me. I have some great colleagues and was reminded how lucky I am today.

Tonight my daughter said, "MOM, I know how to draw a HUMAN!"
"Really? Show me!"
There we sat as she drew and I watched.

Can you figure out her favorite color?

Tonight was soup and salad night for dinner. Soup was in the freezer and salad was a quick throw together. My favorite kind of food, easy, tasty and quick!

I am taking more and more steps each day. I can't walk at work yet, but I'm closer to the day that I can.

Now I am sitting on the couch while my kids read beside me. I am relaxed and ready for the rest of the week to roll out.


Anonymous said...

I love that you turned back...and that you had an even more amazing experience than you thought it would be.

Jaana said...

You are a great mother! I don't think that I would have ever turned back in the morning. But because you did, you experienced something wonderful!

elsie said...

Small things add up to a full day of discoveries. Love the photo of the heron. I never know if the bird is an egret, heron, or crane. Changing fonts creates the space for each small moment.

Maureen said...

I absolutely love this! What a positive day! Very, very sweet that you turned around to look for the blue heron. I think that white bird is called a snowy white egret...well, not really sure, but it looks like a bird we see frequently at my parents, on the coast of South Carolina. Your daughter's drawing is adorable.

Linda B said...

Nice slice, Betsy. And I'm so glad to hear about your foot. You haven't said anything & I have wondered. You must be so tired in the evenings! This is beautifully written & in the picture, like Maureen, I too see an egret. I don't see what you think is a sandhill, but they are quite large. I bet your son was so excited!

drferreriblogspot.com said...

What a lovely reminder to stop and notice the little things in life because all the little things add up to BIG things! Baby steps so to speak.

Robin said...

I love love love that little human picture! What a joy YOUR little human is! She's purplicious! I'm so glad you were able to find so many positives in your day. Well deserved.

Terje said...

There are lots of positive steps listed in this post. I am glad to hear that your foot is getting better and better.

Christy Rush-Levine said...

This is a day that could have ended up feeling routine, but for you taking the time to slow down and notice. How lucky you are to have precious little eyes to notice alongside you!