Today I had a friend over, a new friend actually! She is one of my egg customers. Usually, I bring her eggs to her where she works, but this week she asked if she couldn’t come get them from me here and “…save me the trouble.”
My first reaction was to say no. This is principally because I’m just not a good housekeeper. Now my friend Jayme is an absolutely immaculate housekeeper. She stresses about it and admits it freely! Me? Not so much. It is not for lack of wanting a clean house, but it just seems that no matter how I try I just never get it all done. That is of course unless company is coming! Then I race about cleaning everything till it sparkles and make sure all is tidy and put away. My guests arrive and always say how lovely everything is and I smile, and I’m stressed, wondering what horrid thing I may have forgotten to take care of… I think I would actually die of mortification should someone find out what a slob I can really be. Generally speaking I do not have a good time when friends come over because I stress too much.
Well, that was then, and this is now. Now I live in the sticks, more or less, and I have this constant dust that seems to creep into every nook and cranny no matter how hard I try to keep it out. My poor couch after traveling nearly three thousand miles cross-country has a rather large smudge on one arm that would not come out, not completely anyway. Adding insult to injury it has been rather over loved by my then kitten Clause, who bared the corners by using it as a scratching post when no one was looking… I cannot afford a new couch at the moment, so I am currently looking for something to cover it with, to make do, until it can be replaced.
And so it was that today I dusted and vacuumed the living room, made sure the guest bath (which is vintage early 60’s in decor and looks it) was clean and sanitized for visitors. The rust stains in the sink remain, the two tiles I replaced with the mysterious, ever dirty looking caulking were cleaned and will return over the next few days to their ugly and dirty looking patina, but hey, I made the effort!
And then Marie arrived bearing unexpected gifts!
She brought lovely flowers and a pumpkin spice loaf, and I was surprised that she would go to the trouble to do this, for me. We talked quite awhile over coffee about everything, and then we went out so she could meet the menagerie of the Farmlet. I introduced her to my geese, pointed out my hennies in the field and then showed her the inner world of my beehive (via the safety of the window on the side, because she’s afraid of bees!) and then we went to see the little broody hen and looked into her nest …
And there was a broken egg, and just for a moment I was upset, but then I realized we’d arrived at a birth! The egg was hatching! That was a special gift for me and her. I can’t tell you who was the more excited to see such a thing. Peeking through the little hole we could see the baby chick moving and struggling to free itself, to be out and into the world at large.
Later, after Marie left, I went out with my camera to take pictures and found my new baby had made its arrival. It was still wet underHen!
Isn’t it darling?
So, over the next few days I’ll watch and wait to see how many more will hatch!
Now just a moment ago I read a comment from Cindy, a long distance friend who commented on my blog today. She shared:
“I think you live in a dreamworld. Thank you for sharing it.”
And I tell you all that I share the little things in my life with you because I must. Somehow, I feel that not sharing would make my life a parallel to this age old philosophical question:
“If a tree falls in the forest, and there is no one there to hear it, does it make a sound?”
If all the wonder and beauty that surrounds me is kept to myself and never shared… does it exist?
It’s the little things in the life I lead, the lessons learned, these daily gifts from God that are affirmations of his love for me, and I must share. And along the way I learn to accept me, to make peace with dust and holey couch corners, and through the process of acceptance of my foibles…
I make new friends.