Thursday, October 27, 2011

scenes from a country cottage: a breath and a rest

 

my favorite time of day, besides those five seconds spent on my tiptoes in the kitchen, kissing robert while juggling a purse, bookbag, dog leash and high heels, is mail time. it's not a long walk to our mailbox. not like my parents' driveway, that long, curved asphalt.

it's just a straight walk on a gravel drive. under pin oaks and the sun, setting sooner than i would like, spreading a golden bath on the day. and quite honestly, i never get any mail, save for a few celebrity magazines and some bills (such is the fodder of a young woman i suppose.) 

but it's the walk that counts. those seconds, brief and fleeting though they might be, are solely mine for the taking. for the savoring and devouring. a reprieve between work and home. a soul recharge.

and autumn is busy. it's gorgeous, but its hurried and full of festivals. pumpkin patches. county fairs. i'm afraid i've thought too much about the season as a noun--the way it tastes, smells and feels. i've reduced it to an idea in a storybook, a paragraph on a page.

but i haven't sat. on a white swing in the sunset. with the evening hitting me square on my closed eyes. and thanked the Lord for october. for the change that's in the air. and for the anticipation of something on the horizon, just past the mailbox, and before the hill up ahead. a moment of flat, solid ground before the leap. a breath of cool before the cold.

19 comments:

Annika said...

Beautiful. It's nice when we are actually able to truly appreciate the small joys of life and live in the present moment rather than dwelling on the past or stressing over the future.


A Sweet Release

Erin said...

Lovely pictures and a lovely reminder to take a moment to really enjoy what is around us each and every day! Life is full of so much beauty!

Erika Lee @ A Tiny Rocket said...

all gorgeous pics :) its all about the little things- isnt it?

Jamie Leigh said...

I love this, this really touched me. I need to remind myself amongst the craziness in my life to take the time to appreciate the small things :) Lovely post!

Thisisme. said...

What beautiful photos with the leaves starting to fall, and the shadows of the sun. It really does look lovely. We all need to stop and smell the roses in the midst of the hurly burly of our lives. Your writing really is so beautiful my friend! (I think I might have told you that once or twice before, but I do mean it).

Denise Pacurar said...

These photos are so beautiful!!! It makes me want to be there with you!! Just lovely! It is so crazy to think we sometimes forget to stop and just take in the beauty of nature and the things we have been so blessed with! I was touched at the simple fact that you love getting the mail just so you can stop and enjoy what is around you!

xoxo Denise
http://allthingsnew-denise.blogspot.com/

Mo Pie, Please said...

I love these photos and the mood you've evoked within me.

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

The photos look amazing!!!

Sarah said...

I loved this. I never thought getting the mail could sound so lovely =)

-Sarah
http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com

chestnutmocha said...

beautiful! great shots!

Holli said...

i miss a house I lived in when I was 7 years old. It was out in the country with the longest dirt driveway I'd ever seen... I used to take my sweet time kicking up the dirt as I walked... singing made up songs to the tall sunflowers that lined it. It was great fun!

Amber Blue Bird said...

I miss that walk. Our mailbox is attached the house so is literally just a walk to the front door for me.

Gentri said...

I love this! And I love that that is one of your favorite moments. :)

The Many Colours of Happiness said...

Your posts are always so lovely. You manage to take those small little life moments that most of us take for granted and turn them in to something spectacular.

chambanachik said...

You make me stop and appreciate moments I don't even have. :)

I love mail, too. Love it!

Ashley {hudson's happenings} said...

Oh girl. Sigh. Your writing just gets better and better...this post had me livin' in a beautiful October dream.

You make me smile. :D

Eleanor at Mirror Of My World said...

this is beautiful. sorry havnt spoken in a while!! xxxx

Shalyn said...

Gorgeous reminder. Definitely inspires me to go outside and take time to thank Heavenly Father for the beauty that is October!

Cara-Mia said...

*sigh* So lovely. The words "country cottage" alone conjure up beautiful images, but your words make me imagine even more.

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