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Off the Beaten Path

June 21, 2012

     The night air was cool and damp but the chill that ran through my body was not because of the elements.  I knew this was one of those special moments.  It was not a moment that would last long, it briefly passed.  But I took the time to detour off the predictable path.  I took a different route to the shower, a route into the night of flashing fireflies.

     It was my turn to get into the shower.  As I walked through the house to announce my intensions, so as not to be surprised with a cold or less than forceful stream of water; my  thoughts drifted outside.  “I wonder if it’s time for the fireflies.”

     I really am trying to sieze the moment.  I am learning to become a student of the moment.  From inside the house I could not see if the yard was filled with those precious summer time lights.  So I stepped outside into the dark night and walked the few steps away from the house necessary to join the darkness.  There they were, like little magical jewels flashing in the night.  They were everywhere, and behind me through the open door I could hear the piano music of my son.  You cannot create moments like this.  But you can easily miss them.

     The walls of our homes are wonderful things that keep out the cold, heat and storms.  But sometimes they also shelter us from precious moments.  We routinely function within our boundaries rarely taking the time to veer off our well worn path.  But everyday there are treasures of life happening and waiting to happen right outside our gaze, right outside our self induced walls.

     So as you head to the shower today or start to wash those dishes, take a detour.  Go to the kitchen by way of the back door around to the front door.  Look at the clouds and sky as you walk around the house.  Listen to the birds, breathe in the warm summer air.  Take a moment and sit on the porch.  But most importantly, take a walk around your yard in the dark.  Head outside before the fireflies disappear for yet another year.  They may bring such a remembrance of childhood that you find yourself romping through the wet grass and catching those little critters.

     The road always traveled offers little diversion.  Today, take a detour.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kelsey permalink
    June 22, 2012 2:20 pm

    I love, love this post! Brings back even more precious childhood memories for me, plus encourages the spontaneous side in me 🙂 Keep up the great work!

  2. joan foley permalink
    June 23, 2012 10:26 pm

    Love it! I want to catch some. 😉

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