Blue skies, sunshine, gentle breeze. Perfection. Inspired by: the sweetness and peace of ordinary moments. I watched them from the stoop. The stoop I have spent my entire life sitting on. The one at the back of my parent's house. I watched the comings and goings of squirrels and voles, of grackles and goldfinches, of robins and wrens. Sparrows feeding babies in 2nd story hollows, chickadees snatching seeds and zipping away, and the joy bird sipping nectar with invisible wings. Then came King Cardinal and his buff-colored Queen. The favorite sight from the stoop. Amid birds calls and breezes from my spot on the stoop, chatter could be heard from behind. In the kitchen, the ladies conversed while dipping chicken in eggs and breadcrumbs, while making dressing and whipping the cream. The chatter was soothing and familiar, if not quite completely understood. Plattduetsch, the dialect of northern Germany and part of the Netherlands, has been the background noise of my life. Along with the song of the wren, I let the song of their words wrap me in an imaginary shawl of silk. Someday, the chatter will cease and the cream will no longer be whipped in that kitchen by those 3 women. And I will pull tight the imaginary shawl of their words. I will remember the taste of the cream from the bowl that, of course, had to match the place mats. I will remember the exquisite blue sky and the cool of the steps of the stoop and the privileged evening of the sweet and the peace found in ordinary moments. For more links to Inspire Me Mondays from ladies I adore, click HERE.
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