Sweet small somethings

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Winter seems to be taking a gentle intermission.
as pansies lift their weathered faces
for some afternoon sunsoaking
and coats and scarves sigh on the clothesline,
while rare balmy breezes shake them free of winterdust.
And I throw open windows to celebrate
and marvel over the many small somethings
I’d have mistaken for nothings
before my hubby headed into surgery for a new knee
exactly two months ago.
Two months of  hard fought ground and two steps back for every push forward
and irritable stretching and uncomfortable squeezing
until I find myself, like the pansies,
full of relief,  face to the sun
and grinning with wonder
over
~freshly opened spaces as rehab equipment is moved out of the house
~relaxed dogs as therapists stop coming inside to hurt on their man
 (poor girls couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t let them take down the physical therapist who
 clearly came to inflict pain on their human!)
~no more shots to give or meds to organize and schedule
~lucid conversations as narcotic haze is gone
~hubby driving himself!!!!!!!
~luxury of having house to myself on occasion again
(well,  okay,  I’ve always appreciated this)
~staying in bed at night, under warm covers, as hubby able to navigate to bathroom and back without help
~no worries with stairs or showers or socks or shoes
~and the thorough THRILL of going  to our favorite neighborhood deli
or movie theatre
together.
These are sweet,  sweet,  SWEET somethings afterall!
And I’m giddy with the grace of it all:)

Comments

  1. Hurrah for small successes filled with grace. Beautiful poem.

  2. Beautifully said….been there done that I know exactly what you are talking about…..It's amazing the little things we take for granted until they are taken away but oh how wonderful when we see them for the gifts they are……

    Have a wonderful and blessed week sweet girl….

  3. First off, love the facelift you've given your blog. Fresh, bright and exciting.
    Next, yeah for strides made and accomplished on so many fronts. Glad to hear your man is doing better and things are slowly beginning to normalize again.
    Then there is your beautiful art gracing this post, and the words, always the words that strike a note, and transform our perspectives. Yeah!!

  4. small things
    can be
    such
    enormous blessings …
    and it fills
    the heart
    with
    gratitude

  5. Sharon Leaf says

    To be able to be part of a friend's 65th birthday celebration!
    Surprise, surprise!

  6. Just Be Real says

    I am learning to appreciate more the little things. Thank you Jen for such a wonderful post. Blessings to you dear one.

  7. rachel awes says

    oh JOY
    that you
    are like
    the pansies!!
    petal, petal, petal loooooooove to you!
    & dear! i love your new blog look!
    such soft green leaf holding,
    which of course is what YOU rest in…
    (& we share).
    & looove your painting,..& you!
    xoxox

  8. ahhhh, the breathing fresh air, inside and out!!

    your journal page speaks so well to what you are feeling/living.

    love your fresh new look too!!

  9. hard won perspective, Jen…So thankful to see you on the other side of all this…thanks for this anchor of an analogy…

    your friend,
    Liz

  10. Oh I forgot to tell you on the last post that I love your new blog header! So full of bright beautiful color and FLOWERS!!

    So glad your hubby is better! Isn't it so true how we miss seeing some of those blessings we've been given until we are stopped/slowed down in our tracks and then recognize them after? So happy that you are able to get back on your regular path. Can't wait to see what you find to show us as you walk it. (or skip down it…or dance down it.. and on and on..he he

  11. Oh I forgot to tell you on the last post that I love your new blog header! So full of bright beautiful color and FLOWERS!!

    So glad your hubby is better! Isn't it so true how we miss seeing some of those blessings we've been given until we are stopped/slowed down in our tracks and then recognize them after? So happy that you are able to get back on your regular path. Can't wait to see what you find to show us as you walk it. (or skip down it…or dance down it.. and on and on..he he

  12. I am so happy to hear that your life is beginning to feel more normal .. you have such an easy and happy voice here on your blog.. a joy to visit ..
    and yes house to yourself is so nice..

  13. DragonflyGirl says

    I do love your small somethings.
    And I really love how your blog looks!
    Still brimming with life and smelling like paints, but I love what you've done with the place. 😉

  14. my Dad just had his knee replacement surgery about 10 days ago and is still in rehab until Friday. I look forward to the day I hear he's driving again. I hope my mom can be as good nurse as you have been- and I'm glad you're on the downhill side of things!

  15. So glad he's doing so much better! This good news makes me happy.

  16. Liana Yarckin says

    small somethings sound like huge blessings. i am so happy for you and your hubbie. the artwork caught my eye, but, your words go so deep.

  17. LindyLouMac says

    You must be feeling so glad that these last few months are behind you and this spring weather we are also enjoying certainly helps blow those cobwebs away.

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