I Have Found Such Joy
I have found such joy in simple things;
A plain, clean room, a nut-brown loaf of bread,
A cup of milk, a kettle as it sings,
The shelter of a roof above my head,
And in a leaf-laced square along the floor,
Where yellow sunlight glimmers through a door.
I have found such joy in things that fill
My quiet days: a curtain's blowing grace,
A potted plant upon my window sill,
A rose, fresh-cut and placed within a vase;
A table cleared, a lamp beside a chair,
And books I long have loved beside me there.
Oh, I have found such joys I wish I might
Tell every woman who goes seeking far
For some elusive, feverish delight,
That very close to home the great joys are:
The elemental things - old as the race,
Yet never, through the ages, commponplace.
~Grace Noll Crowell~
The joy for me and I find this the older I get, is a walk around one of our favorite local parks. All the photos above were taken at Meadowlark Gardens this past Sunday. (You may remember other posts I have shared.) The lines of the poem don't exactly go with my photos, but this is where I find my simple joy.
It was very peaceful and there was hardly another soul but us. We passed a few people but as time wore on it was almost as if we were entirely alone. The hot weather had kept the numbers down. Even the lady at the visitors' center thought we were a little mad to go for a walk on such a hot day. However, we honestly didn't find it that bad. Maybe I am getting used to the humidity? No, I don't think so, I was more than glad to get back to the visitors' center, as by then I knew I had had enough and I felt the heat radiating from me. You could probably have cooked an egg on my forehead.
So, when the lady took one look at us and laughed as she said, "You must be crazy", that old Noel Coward line came back to me, "Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun!" I think Noel would have enjoyed it here. There may be larger and more magnificent gardens around the world, but Meadowlark has it all as far as I am concerned. A lot of people work very hard to keep it that way.
We spent about two hours as we walked the shortest loop, made good use of the shade trees and sat down on several benches along the way. One of those simple joys we will be repeating many times, for this place calls to us throughout the year.