Take a journey into the things which you are carrying, the known —
not into the unknown — into what you already know:
your pleasures, your delights, your despairs, your sorrows.
Take a journey into that, that is all you have.
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti
We are well into the dog days of summer here on the Wabi-Sabi Ranch and the Eastern Shore. The weather site I use claims it’s cooler today than it was yesterday, but our thermometer begs to differ. The humidity is Oppressive on the humidity chart that the local weather guys use. The dew point, which is what they use to determine if it’s pleasant or oppressive, is approximately 76°F. Bleh. The bugs are loving it, especially the mosquitoes and flies.
It seems I have taken yet another unintended blogging break. I want to (and will) apologize for that. After my last heavy-duty post (Exploring anger) in which many of you responded with thoughtful and thought-provoking comments, I dropped off the face of the blogosphere in spite of my intention to come back with a few follow-up posts. As John Lennon sang, “life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” (from the song Beautiful Boy). So. My apologies. I truly am sorry to have left so abruptly during a great discussion about anger. I will be responding to comments on that post soon. In the meantime, thank you so much for joining the conversation and carrying on without me.
Here is what happened: I was preparing for my daughter-in-law and grandsons to visit with us and I got wonderfully lost in the domesticity of life, including childproofing the house in anticipation of a toddler wreaking havoc (because that’s what 2-year-old boys — and girls — do). Although there was at least one adult keeping an eye on Little Wookie and his brother (Little Peanut, who is 8 months old) at all times, toddlers can be fast when it comes to getting into things they are not supposed to get into. I learned that lesson raising my own sons, but had forgotten all about it the last time a 2-year-old boy ( my nephew) came for a visit. I hadn’t prepared and he not only got into everything, but he broke a few things along the way. Most stuff I don’t care about because it’s just stuff. There was one item, a fairy door I put together, painted and decorated, that I was sad to see destroyed. I put a lot of time, creativity, and effort into it. It was, of course, my own fault for not remembering what it’s like to have a very young child running around the house. Lesson relearned.
There were lots of things to put away and I spent some time getting down at toddler level just to see what was what. We still have a bag of those child safety things you stick in the wall sockets to keep children from electrocuting themselves so I went around the house plugging those in. There were things outdoors that needed tending to, as well. Weeding, mowing, and putting away whatever hazardous items could be put away. Nature provides a few hazards of her own and we can’t put those things, such as the pond and the creek, away. Good supervision is needed for things of that nature.
Little Wookie, Little Peanut, and our daughter-in-law arrived as planned and after I got as much in order as I could see to put in order. Little Wookie managed to find the few things I missed. That was to be expected.
We did a lot of fun things with the boys and their mother. Little Wookie loves, loves, loves tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes, in particular. He was in luck because our tomatoes, cherry and otherwise, are in season right now. He spent a little time in the garden picking tomatoes, most of which he ate before we could bring them into the house. He seemed to enjoy exploring the gardens and a little bit of the property. Little Wookie takes his time, trying to look at everything, so we didn’t get far. It occurs to me that we never even made it into the woods or out to the dock. That’s okay. It will give us something new to show him the next time he visits (which will be soon).
We spent time on the beach at the Point where we did some swimming, kayaking, playing in the sand, and exploring. In case you’re wondering about Little Wookie being in the kayak by himself in the above photo, Gramps was pulling him around in it and, as you can see, the water was about shin-deep on an adult. It was low tide and I think you can probably walk about a half mile or more off shore and still not find water much deeper than that.
One of the really fun things we did was visit the Delmarva Discovery Center in Pocomoke City. Mac and Tuck, two river otters, live there. Mac was out and about, having a grand time playing and swimming and following us as we walked along the glass walls of their aquarium and land areas. Mac is the more outgoing of the two. We didn’t see Tuck until later, at feeding time.
I could have sat there watching Mac play and swim all day. Little Wookie and the rest of our small group, however, wanted to see the rest of the exhibits. I like the Delmarva Discovery Center. It’s small and not overwhelming. Just the right size for young children.
It was a short and very sweet visit before Little Wookie, Little Peanut, and their mom had to leave to meet up with M the Younger who was working at the time they were here. We’ll see him (and them) this weekend when they come by again to pick up Jake the Dog whom we are dogsitting this week while they vacation.
I reckon that’s about it from me on this hot and humid Monday. Thank you for joining me on another meander. We might see the sunset this evening and if we do, it could be interesting given all the clouds floating about and the haziness. Just the haziness has been producing some wonderful colors when the sun goes down. Let’s meet at the Point. Sunset is scheduled for 8:01 PM. I’ll be there early, as usual, to take a walk on the beach.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy: 806) Little Wookie and Little Peanut, and the joy they bring with them wherever they go. 807) My lovely and wonderful daughter-in-law who brought the boys for a visit. 808) River otters! They are so playful and curious. 809) The Delmarva Discovery Center where a good time was had by all in our group and probably any other groups that were there that day. We arrived late in the day and almost had the place to ourselves. 810) The warm and friendly people who work at or volunteer at the Discovery Center.
Note on the images: There are none of Little Peanut because I forgot to take a few from the back or in such a way that you would be unable to see his face and identify him. Little Wookie and Little Peanut’s parents have asked that I not post their faces on Ye Olde Blogge and I am respecting their wishes.