John & Anne Wiley

2011/02/17

Beauty

I enjoy beauty, and see it often in people. Strangers on the street, the smile of a harried cashier when I read her name from the tag she’s wearing to ask about her day and thank her personally. The man stocking shelves who lights up when he can point out the item we’re looking for in an unexpected location. Of course, topping my list is people I love when they are enjoying each other.

5536 Beautiful Moment

5536 Beautiful Moment

I wonder if babies take in a brief moment like this and store it somewhere deep beneath memory for the rest of their lives. Maybe it contributes to a sweet impulse they experience when holding a baby themselves decades later. What if we’re all babies inside, and most of us have just forgotten the purity of that time before judgment and expectations?

Then there’s the beauty of nature. Few things can so completely flood me with natural beauty as flying so often does. Flying from San Jose to Boise was magnificent of course, and nearing our destination this scene seemed to capture the essence somehow.

5322 Liquid Light, Frozen Hills

5322 Liquid Light, Frozen Hills

I don’t know if it shows on your computer, but soaring smoothly beneath Tripp’s sturdy wings it was amazing in the extreme. When cameras can capture what the heart takes in from such a scene, everyone will learn to fly. Meanwhile we have photos of loved ones and miraculous moments to at least remind us of bliss.

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1 Comment

  1. Delightful photo of Anne & your granddaughter. So precious. So joyful.

    As so often, what you’ve written tonight, John, is special beyond words.

    You can express yourself better than anyone I know. Your writing and photography – and the combined interactive beauty of the two together – have only improved with time.

    Each day I enjoy your entries with a special appreciation for what they add to my daily life. Rarely do I post a comment. However, today the exquisite beauty of your photos and words touched me so much that I had to reach beyond the cave to let you both know how much I appreciated today’s entry.

    The love and joy you experienced with this trip reaches beyond the 2 dimensional format of the blog.

    I hope these recent joyful experiences will continue to light your days ahead – no matter the challenges, no matter the ebb and flow of the tides.

    My favorite aunt & uncle live in Boise but I have never been. We bridge the distance by phone and email. It’s neat to me that you have special loved ones in Boise, too. How fortunate that you were able to make this last trip with Tripp 🙂

    hugs to both of you,
    Carla

    Comment by Carla — 2011/02/17 @ 07:20


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