Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Perspective

It was a long weekend spent camping and a weekend of big and little perspectives.



A walk in the sky, with a temperate rainforest at our feet, (45 metres below our feet!). A bird’s eye view, we swayed in the breeze, like tree tops.



It was a weekend spent marvelling,



at giants,



at



the tiniest



detail.



Squinting through the dim, evening camp light, knitting for the biggest kid,



made-to-order knitted love,



knowing that today she is off on her first school camp, feeling grown up and excited and big and also a little bit not grown up and nervous and small.



Yesterday, a package arrived and it contained a scarf and more fingerless gloves (TOO COOL!!!). Such a gesture from someone she has never met, made her heart swell.



All this with my ear to the radio listening to another disaster unfold and again I am struck by how my life goes along in its blessed ordinariness. I already had perspective, know how lucky I am. It takes my breath away, that this time last week, pre-earthquake, pre-tsunami, pre-ongoing nuclear threat, that so many other people also lived ordinary, blessed lives.

All I can do is in gestures.

23 comments:

teddybearswednesday said...

So true.
A beautiful post T, both in the writing and the amazing photos ( and that girl of yours is a stunner!- takes after her mother)
xo

Nikki said...

Yep - the same thought has been with me. The fragility of the blessed ordinariness makes it very, very precious.

A great perspective on things Ms M&E.

One Flew Over said...

That Kirst...a bloody good egg.

Leonie said...

I know...blink of an eye it changes. I can't really comprehend it, I think its almost impossible.

flowerpress said...

Such a beautiful girl, beautiful smile :-)
I want to know what those iced vovos are doing growing on the rock!?

TammyJ said...

Here I too dwell on perspective and the blessed mundane routine of life with heartfelt gratitude. Your photos are simply stunning and I have an inexplicable urge to knit some fingerless gloves now!

Tas said...

Beautiful photos. A weekend to cherish in such dark times.

Cindy said...

I don't think my fear of heights could be overcome by even that view.
I bit the biggest one has a truly tops time and grows in the short time she is away - as they annoyingly seem to do.

june at noon said...

What a gorgeous kiddo! You'll have to watch out for that one. :)

Is it odd that the treetop picture made me want some broccoli?

Stomper Girl said...

I especially love that photo of her holding the thank you card.

Shannon said...

What a beautiful post - from the giants to the tiny detal and that stunning smile all wrapped up in hand knitted goodness.

Kylie said...

So beautiful is our ordinariness :) How gorgeous is your girl too! Love Kirsty's scarf and gloves - she's so amazing. Great post T :) Kx

gretchenmist . . . {belinda} said...

your daughter is really beautiful!
i admire your courage being up so high to get some of those stunning pics {would never cope up there}.
the horrors are grounding for sure.
xx

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

I agree wiht what you said. i do appreciate the simple pleasures, just posted about it, but I am filled with that fear, watching those poor families not knowing where their family members are? What could be worse? It is all so awful. I just can't imagine that fear...how quickly everything can be so awful...

Cathy {tinniegirl} said...

Life is so completely incomprehensible. That's all I can think at the moment.

Fer said...

Amidst all the turmoil and uncertainly in this world, I guess we should consider it a great blessing that life does go on and a sense of humour is a wonderful thing.

Gaby said...

I know what you mean - I feel so lucky for where I live, who I live with and "blessed ordinariness" as you say. p.s. this post makes me excited for my camping trip next week!

**Anne** said...

Just look at your beautiful daughter, she is a treasure.
When we see the heart rending, gut wrenching events unfolding before us in Japan, we can feel even more grateful for what we have.
Love to you and yours,
Anne xx

Kirsty said...

Awww...she's divine. x

Z said...

wonderful post! i loved every word and very photo:)

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I think we all treasure such family times because we all know they can't taken for granted .
The young lady's accessories , modelled with such charm , are gorgeous ! I want them too .

Sandrine said...

Beautiful young lady, beautiful weekend, presents and such a truth about those tragic events reminding us how precious every moment need to be...
x

Lexi:: PottyMouthMama said...

AMAZING photos. Where is this? Breathtaking.