It rained today.
It rained for 10 whole minutes.
It rained hard.
And it was wonderful.
While out searching for milk cows to photo, Mary and I discussed the fact that it had rained. She brought up an interesting concept that I hadn't even thought about.
(Which, by the way made me proud. Because she's just so doggone smart AND I made her. So by association...maybe I get to be smart, too?)
Her discussion with me was about "situational gratitude". We are grateful for things only when it fits our whim to be. In a "normal" summer we would not be excited to have a cloudy day with the possibility of rain. We would want sun, sun...SUN! After so many days of frying in the heat we look at a cloudy day as a wonderful gift. We all do this, don't we? We should be thankful in all situations for all things. Sometimes that is so much easier said than done.
It was a wonderful time alone in conversation with my daughter.
Normally, we have two little people in our conversations.
Today it was just us two, laughing & talking and generally just enjoying ourselves.
We (me) were on the hunt for milk cows to photograph. We were out driving around the outer Greentown / Plevena area. We had such a time! We found these lovely cows:
|Nope. Not milk cows.|
We had an adventure when I pulled up to a set of bee hives and I tried to take some pictures from the van. After I was behind the camera, Mary pointed out to me that there were hundreds of bees hanging in the air above the boxes. I did not get the shot I wanted. I was in a hurry (due to the bees).
|Yup, focused on the wrong thing. It's a wonderful picture of the pole, don't ya think?|
|Indiana farm country|
We went through Greentown at the end of our trip. Mint chocolate chip was Mary's choice. It gave me just as much joy to buy her a ice cream cone today as it did when she was little.
So....no milk cows today.
What I did get was an unexpected gift. A moment in time with my baby. I am glad that she is a mommy, a grown-up. She's has grown into a person that I like quite a bit. I would like her even if I wasn't her mom.
And she taught me some things while we drove and talked.
She taught me that I need to be thankful for all things, not just the things that I want to happen. Maybe, I don't know what's best in all situations.
I should just leave that to the man upstairs.
I am going to call it a day now.
Sleep well everyone.