Following is one of my favorite short children’s poems. It was going through my head again a couple days ago as I was doing chores and looking up at the nearest thorny locust trees just unfurling their ferny fronds in the early sunset. I love those trees… (the leaves, not the thorns). Sometimes they look like something from a picture in Africa—or a South American jungle—and it’s such a pleasure to have them in our own backyard! Anyhow, they inspired me to run in and bring out my camera—and here, too, is the poem:
"I'm glad the sky is painted blue
And the earth is painted green
With such a lot of nice fresh air
All sandwiched in between."
~ Author unknown ~
And some of the Maytime happinesses I'm having…
Driving roads thick with living, early summer green while running errands.
Hot pink geraniums in a hanging pot.
Watching the old Buccaneers tv show with my family.
Starting a book I’ve never read before on the recommendation of another friend.
Dreaming of mountains and wide open spaces.
This quote from C.S. Lewis yet again:
“Joy is distinct not only from pleasure in general but even from aesthetic pleasure. It must have the stab, the pang, the inconsolable longing.”
Pondering and clinging to this verse from Zephaniah: “The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
And this just makes me smile...