Morning here started chilly and rainy but by afternoon, we had cool, sunny weather. As a part of my Friday afternoon
sabbath, I spent time appreciating the small things on the farm. Yes, I was practicing what I preached in my post on “relaxing activities for the homesteader.” Today, I decided to take time to appreciate the small, simple things on the farm. What are small, simple things?
- items you have to sit, stand or stand in a wonky position to look at them on eye level
- things that require you to be still and quiet so as not to disturb their environment
- objects that need careful focus or a zoom feature on a camera
- items created by nature that encompass basic shapes and colors
- things that are wondrous in their simplicity
- objects that make you stop, observe, and breathe
So today on the farm, I found fuzzy fern fronds so fat that I almost mistook them for hairy, green caterpillars. I uncovered the first tender sugar snap sprouts pushing their way through the dried brown mulch. I turned around and there, perched on a tender limb, sat a family of unripe blueberries turning their plump faces to the sun.
Bumblebees busily buzzed around the azalea bushes. Cheerful chickadees chattered in the dogwood tree.
I watched, I waited, I rested. Friday on the farm brought with it a new appreciation for the small, simple things that have arrived with Spring.