Usual, Ordinary Beauty

kissing children

Life is filled with ordinary beauty. 

The soft gray of a female cardinal swaying on a wind-rustled lilac bush.

A silver moon veiled by clouds ragged and thin as midnight prayers.

Nature offers these gifts freely.

Love carries its own blessings.

This weekend Jack and I strolled the farmers market.  An ordinary Saturday.  Except that, when your husband has PTSD and what doctor’s call mild dementia, and diabetes, and has had several small strokes, well, a day wandering the market is not to be taken lightly.  

We always agree on a place to meet if we get separated.  So, when I looked up from admiring a pottery bowl with a Rorschach salmon in its depth and Jack was nowhere to be found, I wasn’t worried. Thirty minutes later, I was concerned.  The market is one square block and Jack is six foot tall and was wearing a bright yellow Marine Corp cap.

I found him on my fourth sweep, at the opposite end of the market from our agreed upon meeting place.  He was sitting on a bench, looking confused, and clutching a small bouquet of purple flowers.  When I spoke his name, he looked up.  There hung a long moment while he placed himself and me, remembered where he was, who I was.  Then his face lit with a wide smile that lit his eyes.  He lifted his arms to present me with the flowers and my heart broke with the usual, ordinary beauty of the moment.

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About Author and Speaker Pamela Foster

Pamela Foster is a speaker and author. Her first book, Redneck Goddess, is available at local bookstores and on Amazon. Her second book, Bigfoot Blues, will be available in August 2012.
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4 Responses to Usual, Ordinary Beauty

  1. A holistic therapist friend of mine has a term for situations that are extraordinary in their ordinariness: “How usual.” Seems fitting. Blessings.

  2. t h i n g s + f l e s h says:

    thoughtful and expressive. thank you for taking me along with you to your meeting place. tony

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