To get all there is out of living we must employ our time wisely:
never being in too much of a hurry to stop and sip life,
but never losing our sense of the enormous value of a minute.
Robert Rawls Updegraff
My eyes captured a quick flash of white in the field full of lush green grasses with only a few round hay bales still waiting but trying to hide. My heart started beating faster excited about finally having time to enjoy those simple things the farm has always had to offer. I ran to grab the binoculars then scanned the field searching for that fast moving blur hoping it was something I have missed, hoping it was something new, an Elk would be nice, I thought.
There it was a beautiful thick shiny haired coat of white and brown, a white tailed deer running quickly, frightened from an unknown and not visible to me reason. My heart beats faster worried about its safety then it suddenly stops and looks behind. There was nothing there that I could see and the deer must have figured out it was racing from shadows, she dropped her head and started munching on the green morsels of alfalfa buds covered in a layer of frosty white. A cold frosty morning that reminds me that the summer was now gone slipping by without a glance from me and that winter was indeed on its way. I had missed so much of my world.
Scanning the field for other things that may have possibly been overlooked and hiding in the lush grasses there were six of my taunting turkeys dancing, oh it was a beautiful sight indeed. I could only see their heads bobbing up and down but I am convinced they were dancing only for me. They missed me as much as I had missed them. There was Mr. Tom strutting his stuff no doubt but I could not see because the lush green grass was hiding his familiar routine. He was staring straight into the lens of the binoculars, straight into my eye, and straight into my soul, oh yes I knew this was true. Dance, dance, and keep dancing Mr. Tom. I set the binoculars down on the counter and danced around the kitchen.
Oh I love my world, soft music floats in my mind thinking of heading to the comforting, sounds and wonders of that bush full of now changing colourful leaves. I have missed a whole block of time and now it was time to reconnect.
As I turned to get dressed in many layers I glanced out the back kitchen window to see the cows heading thorough the gate, no doubt heading to that comforting full of soothing sounds tree filled bush off in the distance. I thought to myself I must hurry but my feet would not move, my eyes locked. Six more taunting turkeys were dancing under the old apple tree that had produced no fruit. They were pecking the ground and I wondered what they were eating, they looked up as if they knew I was watching. A flock of Canada Geese flew over the barn unusually silent heading south, I wondered if that was the right direction, I always wonder.
With those imaginary soft sounds dancing in my head and surrounded by dancing turkeys and deer that run from shadows to the safety of the farm I smile and my heart is full of love knowing I am truly where I need to be. My normal is back, and there is nothing I would change.
So, now I must tell you I am taking a little break. If you are wondering where I am, imagine my sitting on a rock in the middle of the bush smiling, with a sweet music that only I seem to be hearing dancing in my head. Sheltered and held tight in Mother Nature’s comforting arms and gathering strength for the next round of life that may be lying ahead. See you all soon.