Jim has been staying in too many hotels lately. This morning before breakfast I was scurrying around getting things organized in the kitchen and he was working on his first coffee and he was seeing the things around him. He said, “You have some nice amenities here.” I wasn’t even sure I knew what that word meant. He started listing things that he saw that maybe a hotel would list as pluses.
One was that he could hear the rain on the house giving us a connection to the outside, the outdoors. I forget most of them maybe because I live with them on such an immediate basis that I take them for granted. His best one was that the fire in the woodstove that he could see through the glass in the door was there for a reason, to warm us up and not just for looks. Nice way of thinking of noticing.
I know we have lots of visitors and they all see different things that may be memorable to them because they are out of their ordinary. Went I am here working around I may have thoughts about paying the bills or how do I beat back the jungle this week, a different view and miss those essentials.
When Edmund and Irene were here from China and who live on the 23rd floor of an apartment building, what do they see? When I have a group of my black friends out from the city what do they see? When I have the Taiwanese family here, what do they see and take with them?
This is good for me to think about as it forces me into the present. It puts me in a better place to view my surroundings. And in this new light I may have things that I notice anew. One that I have been thinking of lately is when I get up at six thirty in the morning and look out the window to the north toward our son’s house his lights are on as he gets ready to go to work. It is a reassuring thing for both of us I hope.
Well, Jim and I are off to walk in the rain here shortly. It is a light rain watering the beet and green onion seeds that My Rebecca and Jim planted yesterday. It is a spring rain. So, as always, looking around loves, Felipe.