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It’s All Around Us

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As I type this, my Wild child is cozied up in his bed, snoring softly. I can hear Glenn clicking animatedly on his keyboard downstairs. Our cats, Harold & Maude, have (finally!) given up their raucous shenanigans and are settling in for the night. The dogs, Dexter and Fly, are resting heavily on their dog beds. Frogs are peeping outside. A hound is baying in the distance.

Today was wonderful, and tragic, all at once. That could be said any day, really, anywhere in the world, at any given moment. Today, though, the moments were mine. My mother, whom I love dearly, celebrated her 66th birthday with us. There was brie with nectarine chutney, home-brewed iced tea, steak with Glenn’s honeyed steak sauce, creamed spinach, mashed potatoes, and chocolate cake. There was silliness on the porch, with Huxley running after bubbles my mother was blowing and snuggling with my grandmother (his great-grandmother). There was pre-dinner toddler “soup” and “pizza”-making with the “Granny Nannies”, and post-dinner story book-reading between a grandmother and her grandson. Overall, there was love. Profound love for those I call my own.

This weekend, there was more love. Love of goats (Huxley and Glenn rocked the Western Carolina Nature Center on Friday), and edible flower love, sprinkled over a bacon-riddled frittata (did you know you can eat forsythia petals?! YESSSZZZ!!!). There was the love present at our friend’s Luke & Katrina’s wedding shower on Sunday. There was so much love for the garden I smilingly toiled (played in?) for hours on Saturday that I never stopped to take a photo for posterity’s sake.

I am an affectionate person, coming from an affectionate mother. I tell my son and my husband that I love them every day, multiple times even. I give hugs and tell my friends I love them in passing. I’m quick to say “I love you,” because when I say it, I mean it. I believe in the power of love, to help, and to heal. Love, to me, really does conquer all. And it’s all around us, all the time, even when it seems like it’s gone missing.

Sending much love to the people of Boston tonight, to you, dear readers, and to everyone, everywhere. We’re in this thing together, every day, always.

Here’s hoping the week ahead is filled with health, happiness, and harmony, for you and yours, from me and mine.

10 Responses to It’s All Around Us

  • Tara Kivi says:

    Beautifully said….much hugs from your northern Canadian neighbours…

  • Deborah Lambeth says:

    Beautiful thoughts…thank you for the visual reminders of the beauty in the simple things around us…love ya’ll too!

  • EcoGrrl says:

    that dish is a thing of beauty – and i can’t wait to tell my neighbor why i’m eating her forsythia flowers :)

  • The Barefoot Crofter says:

    Love to you too, Ashley. There is nothing else at times like this.
    What a beautiful weekend you had.
    Xx

  • Spring says:

    Thank you for sharing peaceful thoughts – love and light to you and yours.

  • Dawn says:

    The Beatles had it right, all you need is love. Thanks for sharing yours so generously with your readers. Peace!

  • Georgette says:

    I just love how tender you are and your spunky style of writing. Your Mom is blessed to have such a talented darling daughter and precious grandson. Yes, as we live our own special delicate lives incredible suffering occurs simultaneously in others. And the suffering is not by any stretch of the imagination confined or limited to humans. Tragically it is our own specie that continues to create havoc on our paradise called Earth. E.O. Wilson sites that we are in the throes of the 6th extinction. It’s no wonder as we murder our own and destroy the very world that is our habitat.

  • Sage Franetovich says:

    I teach anatomy at a community college up here in Massachusetts. Many of my students are aspiring nurses or care givers, and the vast majority of them are friendly people. Truly lovely. Last year, when I was pregnant, one of my students said “I love you” to me in a passing conversation. I was surprised, and said “I love you, too.” At the time, it just seemed like the right thing to say. After all, do you really want to follow that with anything else? I thought about it later, and decided that we really should spread our love as much as possible because it can only do good things. So, that’s what I live by now. It might not fix tragedies, but we improve the world every time we let others know they are loved.

  • KC says:

    It looks like you had a wonderful celebration! Thank you for spreading the Love! :)

  • Bette says:

    Thank you Ashley, you know what your blog means to me. You are very special.