She was hopping with excitement, but we gave her lots of coaching, and when we arrived she gazed about with wonder at the lovely venue, and when the orchestra began to tune up she sat up straight and gazed, enraptured, with her mouth literally open. It was pure delight to watch her enjoying brand-new sights, sounds and surroundings.
This experience led me to remembering times of discovery, of new experiences. Some were my own experiences and some were remembered from my children, or those of others. Share with us today about five memorable moments of insight, discovery, awareness--from childhood or later, something you experienced or something you shared with someone else.
1. Gardening: when I was young we moved to a small town in Wisconsin. In the yard of the house we lived in we discovered a garden of large dark purple grapes, asparagus, and rhubarb. Years later my husband and I created a garden in our yard and grew, among the usual tomato, cucumber, and green pepper, we also grew lettuce and brussel sprouts. I was amazed at the process of growing these vegetables, and loved eating what we had grown. Now we have another garden and this time I am trying to grow garlic, leeks, and chives, along with the usual fare listed above.
2. Dogs: as a little girl I had small dogs, but found as an adult that I was fearful of large dogs. I don't recall ever being bitten or harmed, so I am not sure where the fear came from. Then one day, some twenty years ago, we took in a stray dog. This sweet, abandoned dog, ended up having puppies. We had her for many years, and then when she passed, we got another dog. Now we have three dogs. In her prime, Roxie, our oldest, was over 70 pounds, so a relatively big dog. Now I delight in all dogs, and have many fond memories of walking dogs in dog parks and around the neighborhood.
3. Planes: my first plane trip occurred in 1970 when, along with my parents and three younger brothers, we moved to Ft. Worth, Texas. For this trip my mother outfitted all of us in matching clothes - my dad and brothers in white pants with blue striped shirts, she and I in blue striped dresses and white hats. The photograph cracks me up, and if I could get my computer and scanner to talk to each other I'd post it. Since then I have flown many times. A memorable trip was the small propeller plane I flew from Puerto Rico to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. The plane was small, and flew so low over the Caribbean that I could see waves and fish. It was beautiful, but a bit disconcerting to be in such a small plane over that large body of water.
4. Music Concerts: When I lived in Chicago I loved to go to outdoor concerts - we'd bring a picnic dinner, sit on the lawn, and listen to fabulous music. It was in one of these arenas that I first heard YoYo Ma play cello. I now own a number of Ma's CD's, and listen to them over and over. As a result it was with great excitment that I prepared, in the fall of 2009, to go to a concert in Tucson that featured YoYo Ma. I downloaded a version of the piece he would be playing and listened to it until I knew every note - Dvorak's Cello Concerto Op 4. (I can't seem to get a link to work today, but if you don't know it, google it sometime!).
5. The Service of Welcome and Renewal of Ministries we celebrated last night, at the parish where I now serve. The music was stunning! The entire evening was fabulous and a lot of fun! A memorable evening!