Holy to goodness. Oh yes. Yesterday and today, the air outside has been wonderful. The heat wave has cooled its jets…finally!! Holy lightning it is a welcoming gift. Thank you, Lord. Cool and a splitter splatter of rain is on the menu. Well actually this morning, it has been a downpour pelting the rain down upon the roof and earth, taking away the brown spots on the lawn and giving relief. Yes how do you spell relief….C-O-O-L R-A-I-N. LOL. No need of fertilizer and no cutting grass in the crazy heat. Because for some reason the grass still grows. Grrr
Not talking about the rain per se but I get to have a choice today. Woohoo. I did not think that I would be saying that a few days ago. Summer attire can be skimpy when wearing the heat and humidity. And movement is even skimpier as one false move, a bucket of the drench gives sitting or standing a new meaning . Yep, a cool rain coming down steady and true is a blessing for sure. So sitting in my chair with a sweatshirt on, I am smiling. Although I suppose I should wear half a smile as I am thinking of those who are visiting the island and they are paying for rain. I looked at the forecast for this week, and the temperatures are more in the low 20’s with a side of rain. Hmmmm.
But the quiet of my place with no constant whirr of the fans and closing of the curtains, I am in heaven. It feels so good to go around the home and not feeling that I need a soaking wet cold washcloth on hand, to wipe parts of my body that seem to be emitting unwanted moisture all over. If I wipe my neck, my forehead says swipe me. If I do my brow, my face says swipe me. And so forth. No need to share further what is experiencing that diaphoresis happening to the nth degree because the body tells you already….”I’m hot”. Yeah, a 60+ plus body, is hot as in warm, not hot as in your hot. LOL. Good thing I do not wear makeup because it would need to be the drip dry non-running long-lasting kind.
However, I am sorting through my closet and voila, I find a sweatshirt. Yes indeedy, my cozy Coastal Culture PEI line with long sleeves and fleece. It feels so good on. And so do my socks. Of course I have to laugh as my oldest daughter who needs clean clothes for work says, “Mom we get to use the dryer.” LOL. Her and the dryer. What is the problem with using natures natural built in dryers, free and hot with a touch of whipping wind. I know I know. No showing the skivvies and pantaloons. Got it. Although she cannot deny how fast the clothes dried this past Sunday. Two hours and they were done like toast….not burned but warm and toasty. Which I am feeling right now in my sweatshirt. LOL. Oh well, I hear the dryer going and I will suck it up because it is cool enough for all kinds of things to happen.
This reminds me of being so grateful. For that wondrous phrase….for this too shall pass…it does. Whomever coined that phrasing initially, certainly knew about life and life moving forward. It might take a bit longer in passing in terms of those harder parts but eventually life seems to balance out. The Diocese of Charlottetown posted a wonderful and inspiring message from His Holiness Pope Francis (I hope I am addressing properly here) that was given recently with regards to life and knowing one’s life “is the greatest company in the world.” Can you imagine!
Here in my pondering, I begin with happy to be able to wear a sweatshirt but in actual fact it connects in a way to the Most Holy Father ‘s homily. For in the simple act of being able to recognize a glimmer of happy, yes being able to put a sweatshirt on during the summer due to final break in heat a la mode, I appreciate the cool so much more. Do I like the difficulties, the sadnesses, the challenges, the darknesses, that befall me in my life? Or others? Nope. But in that there is the kernel of hope and joy and happy for this too shall come to pass. Finding a way to navigate what I am given, regardless of it’s impact, I can come to the other side hopefully renewed, refreshed, rejigged. LOL.
Not sure how I can even capture the many nuggets of goodness in the words spoken. His Holiness gave such joyful and heartfelt wisdom to all in his homily with the opening “ Remember that being happy is not having a sky without storm, a road without accidents, a job without effort, a relationship without disappointments (a weather without extremes). And then goes on to say, “”Being happy is to stop feeling victim and become the author of your own destiny.” FYI: No way can I give the homily justice or breadth of knowledge. But for goodness sake in very simplistic terms, Karen, you got to choose to wear a sweatshirt today. You live in Canada where there are four seasons, fall, winter, spring and yes summer!
So I chuckle as I hear the dryer going. I smile when I see the rain falling and growing the grass. I grin because the curtains are open and free to see outside. And I snuggle in as I had a choice today of wardrobe. Blessings.
Let us pray for those who are in need of our prayers today and may above all never give up on the people that love you. Never stop being happy, because life is an amazing show.” *Homily.