The last few weeks have been a whirlwind here in our house..
.. graduation and family vacations …
.. new pets…
It was so busy that I almost cancelled one of my author events. It seemed selfish to do something for me, when there was so much to do at home.
But in the end, I kept my event. And I spent a marvelous couple days with my girl..
.. even though my girl didn’t feel well..
.. even though the hotel was less than we had hoped for..
… even though the weather was a little too cold for the sunset..
Still we had a marvelous time..
.. we laughed and talked as the sun went down..
.. we shivered and talked as we took pictures of the seagulls..
… created works of art and had a few laughs as we watched the sun go down a little more ..
As we limped across the sharp rocks to the warm car, we laughed at each other’s gasps of pain..
BUT when I got into the car.. it filled up with mosquitoes..
when I left the door open to get one more pictures.. ?? Even more mosquitoes flew into the car..
ok.. more than few.. it was like a cloud of mosquitos… and they were biting me through my sweatshirt..
This surprised me…
We had sat on the beach for over 30 minutes.. and I had not noticed ONE mosquito..
.. NOT ONE…
.. but then? Then I realized .. I had been focusing on the moment. Focusing on my girl and what she had to say.. focusing on the laughter.
There could have been a million mosquitoes.. and I wouldn’t have seen them.
Life is like that..
If I let the mosquitoes bother me? The bills.. the busy schedule ahead.. the housework.. conflict.. ??
It blocks out the “present”..
But when I write down those worries .. and schedule a time for them? Then maybe… JUST maybe.. I can focus on the present …
MAYBE I’ll even find time to write more..
As we drove away from the beach that night.. we laughed at the mosquitoes swarming around our heads..
… then decided to stop .. and get one more picture…