“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.”

The sun and the blue sky are still hanging around as is the chill. Every day this week is predicted to be in the 40’s, spring on Cape Cod.

St. Patrick’s day was wonderful. Dinner was superb though I’m not sure superb is the right adjective to describe corn beef and cabbage, a hearty meal. Everything cooked perfectly. The Irish soda bread and the Kerry butter completed the meal. Dessert was scrumptious. I didn’t eat it last night, but I had a piece for breakfast. I wonder if it is still called dessert if you eat it in the morning.

I found more shoots popping their heads above the ground. I count them as wonders. I watch their progress every morning. I saw a bit of yellow yesterday. I’m thinking a daffodil.

I am always thankful to Peace Corps for having assigned me to Bolgatanga. Every day was amazement filled with sounds, sights and feelings that I ever knew existed before living in Ghana. It was all a wonder of unexpected beauty.

I loved sleeping outside in the back of my house. My mattress, dragged from my bedroom, was a necessity as the backyard was concrete with a few big rocks which weren’t removed when the house was built and the concrete laid. I slept outside mostly during the dry season. I’d lie on my back and look at the sky. It was always spectacular with so many stars the nights were never dark. They were filled with shadows. Not a night went by without a falling star streaking across the sky. I oohed and ahed every one of them. They were never commonplace.

I have the same sense of wonder when there are meteor showers here. I take out a chair, something to drink, usually coffee, and I watch the sky. I still ooh and ah.

I can’t imagine a life without a sense of wonder, without seeing the joy of every day.

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10 Comments on ““The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Nasty weather over here and tomorrow will be cold but sunny. Today was one of those days it didn’t matter that one had to work 🙂 🙂

    It always seems to be cloudy here when the meteor showers pass by, can’t remember when the last time as when I actually could see them. Still there’s always an occasional falling star and I always wonder if it was those who brought life here.

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      I never minded working on bad days. Now I am glad to stay home warm and cozy. The day is really pretty from the window. Someday I’d love to be surprised to go outside and find it warm.

      Last August it was cloudy so I missed the meteors. I hope it will be clear this year.

      Enjoy your day!!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    “Life is short. Eat dessert first.” Jack Torres.
    Excellent advice which can easily be interpreted as eat dessert for breakfast.:)

    It’s always mystified me how so many people can just go about their lives without ever noticing the wonderful things happening all around them.

    I have a lovely memory of my then 80-something year old mother asking me to wake her up in order to watch a meteor shower. It was the Quarantids which come in late December/early January and the peak viewing was going to be at zero dark thirty in the morning. I did wake up at that hour but didn’t really want to go out in the cold and the dark. I decided I would watch out the window and see if there were any. If there were, I’d wake my mother up even though watching meteor showers was not a thing my mother ever did. Within five minutes I’d seen 3 streaks so I grudgingly woke her up and we went out into a brutally cold and very dark back yard to watch the meteors. We’d been standing out there for 10 minutes and had seen quite a few meteors when my mother said in an awed tone, “All my life, I’ve only ever seen one shooting star at a time.” And then I was glad that I had (grudgingly) woken her up.

    The crocuses by the front door are sticking green fingers up to test the wind. C’mon SPRING!

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I felt no guilt having chocolate for breakfast, but I am glad for the quote.

      I totally agree with you. I know people who see nothing around them. They moan and complain about the world. It’s a pity.

      I remember one December going put to my driveway with a chair, a down comforter and a thermos of coffee. When I didn’t see any at first, I said ten more minutes and I’ll go back inside. The meteors streaked across the sky, and I stayed outside until I was freezing. The shower was just so amazing.

      Being duty bound I’m glad that made you wake up your mother. Her thrill and amazement was so very wonderful.

      I am thrilled at any new growth!!

  3. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    I never feel guiltily eating chocolate, morning midday nor night. Chocolate is one of those great wonders of life. How did man figure out how to convert a bitter bean into a wonderful substance? Chocolate along with good friends, love and sex makes life worth living. Every day I get up and I’m amazed I am still alive and mobile because during my youth I abused my body. I smoked cigaretts, smoked a pipe and ate everything that was considered bad at the time. The only exercise I got was chasing woman. 🙂

    Today is another beautiful day with clear skies and a high of 71 degrees.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I also think chocolate is a gift from the Gods. I saw cacao beans growing in Ghana, one of the world’s largest exporter of the beans. They even had some on the back of one of its coins. I always buy my chocolate at the candy store which is filled with two rooms of chocolate. It is delicious. I’ll shop there for Easter too.

      I also smoked for years and still eat what is probably bad for me.

      The day stayed sunny but cold.

  4. MT C Says:

    For various reasons, morning desert might be termed presert.

    MT C

    • katry Says:

      Mt C,
      It’s good to hear from you again!1

      I love this new word. This morning I had preset!!

  5. Rowen Says:

    The dry season must have had fewer bugs, I’m guessing, or you would’ve gone crazy out there.

    • katry Says:

      The dry season had no bugs. We even stopped taking our antimalarial which would have driven Peace crazy. During the rainy season there were a million bugs. I made a light shade out of a basket for the hanging light in the living room (or hall as the Ghanaians called it). The light shined in a circle on the floor. Every night the circle on the floor disappeared. It was black with bugs.

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