A good number of years ago, when our first child was born, I can recall we were very attentive to every sound the baby made. After a few months of living with and caring for our new family member, we became better at interpreting the variety of sounds our little one would share with us. Comfort, discomfort, hunger, tiredness, all these had their subtle differences. Of course, sometimes, we had no idea. Babies teach families a lot.
Soon, I will be doing the Autumn clean up of the garden. It is a good time for reflection. One of the perennial delights of our little growing space is the return each summer of the Morning Glories. They climb and cling to the garden fence. The blossoms are shaped like trumpets and are deep violet with a brightly glowing center. Morning Glories seek and reflect the light that gives them life. I think these lovely flowers can teach us something about prayer, and in particular about the Rosary.
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In my childhood home, we naturally tried to extend the useful life of things. A worn blanket became batting for a quilt; old tee shirts became cleaning rags and dusters. Clothing was mended, patched, and altered. Shoes were re-soled and re-heeled. Getting as much wear and use as possible from material things that served us was an unspoken value.
Our youngest grandchild is starting pre-school. Our oldest grandchild has left home to begin university studies. Life is full of changes. There are times when we have to cope with change and the accompanying turmoil. Transitions throw us off balance; our comfortable and familiar routines give way to the unknown. We are often blessed with helpful people who graciously welcome and guide us along the way.