As an avid collector of treasures, I have taught Percy, my 20 month old grandson, to collect things. Empty snail shells, smooth rocks, seed pods, and now fallen leaves. He holds the leaves he has collected tightly as we walk, his chubby, dimpled hand so full that he struggles some with each new one he adds to his collection. I watch, but let him be, allowing him to take his time as he figures it out. He reaches his hand out to show me after he has it all situated and I ooh and ahh, because truly, it is the most beautiful thing I have seen today.
He has taught me so much in these first 20 months of his life. Reminded me that there is time to read the same story over and over on a rainy afternoon, or rock him for a full twenty minutes when he gets up from a nap. I have brushed up on my dinosaur names and spent sunny afternoons drawing animals with chalk, on various sidewalks.
These simple pleasures and others have found their way into my life and helped me to take note of how I spend my time. He has taught me to let go of some of those nagging things I thought I had to keep up with, opening up time to do things I have neglected for years. And after all, isn’t this what retirement is all about?
Photography has always been a huge pleasure of mine and today is no different. What I have discovered however, is that my subject has changed. Sure, I still head out to take photos of those beautiful fall leaves, but to be honest I would rather spend my time walking the neighborhood, collecting those leaves with him, slipping my phone out of my pocket to take a quick photo, so as not to break the spell.
As I learn to take back my time back, one of the things that I have backed away from is time spent online. Everything from my favorite cooking sites, to Instagram, and to my personal blog, has become a bit of a chore. And, so as hard as it is to leave, this will be my last post here on Viewfinders.
It has been such a privilege to learn from these amazing woman, their friendship and inspiration has provided much needed nourishment during these difficult times.Thank you ladies for all you do!
“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing.” ~ Annie Dillard
Thank you for a beautiful ride!