Time and life

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Bird’s nest (with baby bird) in the garden in Auburn (taken a few years ago now)

I am in Auburn again this week, with dad and celebrating his 94th birthday. He remarks often that we are only here for a short time, and really he has had more time than most, so it is a comment to be considered. I find it odd enough to look back on my length of life and all the changes I have seen – add a few more decades onto that and it must seem like childhood was truly another world. He grew up in the 1920’s and 30’s (he started school in 1929), in a house with no electricity, in a town with perhaps 2 cars, certainly for them no telephone or radio or I dare say camera even. Think of how quiet it must have been, and how dark the nights.

How to make the most of our brief flight through the astonishment that is life – now that is a question. How to love our lives and live them enthusiastically. How not to get bowed down by strife, and even if our lives are hard (often or sometimes), how to keep a sense of wonder and a spark of happiness. I suppose we all have different answers to these questions, but up here this week, as I walk at night under a gorgeous dark sky filled with stars, words like wonder and beauty and quietness and laughter come to mind. The poignancy of my dear old dad’s life still unfolding even as his steps slow; the eagerness of the chooks when they hear him opening the gate to the yard with their dinner; the cat sitting at the door waiting for him in the morning; his latest book half read on the kitchen table with his reading glasses on top; and how wonderful for me to be here to notice these small things, and to participate in his life – intertwining with mine in the unobtrusive way that we all do with those we love.

Here are a few photos that I have on this computer already (I have come up without the cord to connect the camera with the computer s0 can’t put up the pics taken these past few days), in celebration of him (click on them to enlarge)…

 

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4 Responses to Time and life

  1. Kathy says:

    Your dad is a legend, and you too xx

  2. Mandy Laidlaw says:

    Lovely reflection of life and love Elizabeth. XX
    Happy Birthday to your Dad XX

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