4/17/2008

Seven windows of my soul

I saw this listed on other blogs and thought I'd give it a go. I haven't always chosen literal "views", but I have picked visuals which prompt emotions and reflect facets of my personality. My, how fun for the masses. Please be advised that most people just give a one-sentence window, I chose to ramble as per usual. I'm not capable of abridging. This is why I don't ever do Wordless Wednesday.

I encourage any of you to do your own. I think they're fascinating to read. DefiantMuse has been a complete show-off (in a fabulous way) with accompanying photos. Well played DefiantMuse, well played.

-The first glance of the familiar hometown scenery on one of my few trips back to the US since moving abroad. It's simple suburban anonymity, but it will always be home. I couldn't wait to get away when I lived there, yet I savour this moment now.

-The sight of English countryside after being away, if even for a week. Every time arrive on English soil I feel as if I'm doing it for the first time. There is a feeling that is "England", one which, even as a life-long Anglophile, I can't begin to describe.

-Watching a dog let off its leash at the exact point where the sidewalk ends and the park begins. Seeing that level of joy always makes me smile.

-The photograph of my first and only positive pregnancy test. It's a symbol of one part of my life thankfully drawing to a close, and being thrust, unprepared, into a new world of dizzying highs and frightful lows.

-The view from a bench 30 seconds' walk from my flat, watching the angry sea on a rainy, blustery day.

-Bench-sitting on the small hill overlooking above-mentioned sea where I used to go when P was at her reflux/colicky worst. I pushed her back in forth in the stroller with one hand and held a book with the other. Brief serenity in the midst of chaos.

-The small, weepy huddled group of a man who became a Dad, a woman who became a Mama, and a life just begun. The moment right after two finally became three.

In case you missed the links to the other bloggers inspired by this prompt, they are aqui:

Jess
Jen
Tracy
DefiantMuse

Let me know if you want to be added to the list for a little bit of linky love. Ew, that sounds kind of gross. Promise of linky love or not, just do it!

9 comments:

jen said...

i love your list.

Becky said...

I'd participate but I have no soul. I guess I'll live vicariously.

Oh, The Joys said...

I had something eloquent to say, but now I'm all worried about soul-less becky!

Tash said...

I was quite contemplative, and then Becky cracked me up.

Really, I can almost see these things. I often think about my "most beautiful places" list, but it's not horribly long. I don't think my windows are numerous, either.

PiquantMolly said...

Mmm. That's nice.

LSM said...

Wonderful post! I enjoyed thinking about this idea of windows to the soul, and I'm having fun following the links as well. Here's mine. http://somewhereinthesuburbs.wordpress.com/2008/04/17/windows/

Jennifer said...

Your views are all so cozy and warm. Just lovely.

nutsinmay said...

Love this post. Excellent. Soooo... Me too! Me too!

Defiantmuse said...

I know what you mean about being on English soil. I feel that way every single time I visit. This strange familiarity. I can't explain it.