This time of wrapping up such a huge project,
beginning to free up brain space and actual time and space,
combined with the coming of spring,
seems a perfect setup for me to be particularly attentive to little things
and how much joy they give me.
Some days I feel as if I am seeing life, really seeing it,
for the first time in a long, long time.
Like a peek into the opening of a dogwood blossom the other morning.
And the little remaining evening light falling on the chair at the piano.
And this little walkway, which, even though I know exactly where it goes, always fills me with a sense of adventure and wonder at what might lie ahead. . .
Violets that fill our yard, and these few just perfect for the tiny pitcher on the windowsill.
Also on the windowsill, there year-round,
these sweet little ones from my parents' stop in the Amsterdam airport over twenty years ago.
They are always there, but somehow recently I see them more often.
And on this evening saw their cute little shadow.
Little things are only little compared to bigger things.
And often they represent things much bigger than their physical size hints at.
I read recently that the writer Robert Brault,
about whom I know nothing,
"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back
and realize they were the big things."
Whoever he is, I think he is right.