No verse today.

Just wanted to tell you about something that happened earlier on. I was driving over to my sisters place to help out with the boys for a few hours. It's been a sunny day so typical of late summer here in England. I was driving through a nearby village caught up in a queue behind a slow moving tractor. In no great rush I was quite happy to crawl along. Up ahead I saw two young girls sitting by the curb waving at the passing cars. Nothing better to do than brighten up other peoples day I guess. Eventually it came to my turn and of course I smiled merrily waving back. Got an extra wide smile and a thumbs up in return from one of the little girls.

Then it dawned on me. The other drivers hadn't bothered to wave ... or smile ... or wave and smile ... or wave and smile and actually mean it. My reward of a thumbs up was both a cause of happiness and small sadness. As grown ups we have a lot to think about. Kids don't get that. They shouldn't have to. It's partly what's supposed to be great about childhood. Anyway, I'm glad I waved and smiled and meant it. And I'm glad that kids still have time to wave at passing cars.

Does this seem frivolous? Maybe it is. Life is pretty tough going at the moment and so smiles are an extra special gift. At least so it seems to me. xx Jos


  1. Oh Jos, not frivolous at all. I love kids almost as much as animals :-). And this would have made my day too. I am sorry things are tough. I am here if you need me. Truckfuls of love. xoxo

  2. this flows like poetry... what is poetry after all? is it not writing about the moments that resonate a lifetime?

    your waving at those kids was like throwing a pebble in a pond... the pebble of love in the pond of cosmos... creating some waves that travel forever...


  3. So true. I try and stop at lemonade stands, even though I don't want the drink. We should support the little entrepreneurs. And that slow moving tractor was not me. I did high gear today. Pedal to the metal my friend.


  4. Jos, it is a sad comment on the state of today.... everyone spends so much time "connected" to an electronic's, DVD's, cell phones, pc's, "Facebook", "Twitter" - that anything remotely personal - like a SMILE or a heartfelt wave is - at times - shocking!

    Thank goodness YOU are ...YOU.... never change.
    Those little children felt the sincereity of your emotion - and responded in kind. This is what LIFE should be about....

    A beautiful post....and "Human Being" is WAS poetry.

    Warm hugs, dear friend!

    ♥ Robin ♥

  5. Not frivolous at all, Jos. Just the way it should be, smiles at the top of the list. Hope we always take that moment to share and lighten another's day. So easy.

    (Your sister like her sun flower?)


  6. well i'm just hear to say that i am waving every chance i get. and so are you and annie and hb and wine and words and wrobin and w & w 2 so doesn't make the start of a revolution?

    let's wave to children first, and then animals, and then people over 35 and then people under 35.

    okay jos, now that i have that out of the way, please let me know if there is anything i can do re: tough times. i have had two plus years of trying to accept, forget, forgive, move on, remember, understand and bless anyway so probably i understand. sometimes the answers don't want to reveal themselves. for me that is a hard place.

    it's late and i should be in bed, i'm rambling. so i'll just send love to you my friend jos and tell you i want everything good to come your way...asap.


  7. Hi Jos:)
    Alexander is the one who sometimes played the game. A different version, no little tractors, but big highway tractors. Alexander (and I) would make the motion to pull the air horn. We did not think twice about the truckers who did not respond, but jumped with happiness for the ones who did.
    So what i want to say, it doesn't matter if you don't. But as you say when you do, it does! It's cause for great celebration in a small way.

  8. So lovely to hear from you. I know what you mean about getting our heads around it. The great thing is, I don't think we need too. Just enjoy our life. In our daily thoughts we do over anyalise, I think the knowledge has come to help free us a little.
    Just so wonderful to hear about you waving at the two girls, that moment for you was really special. Maybe you all agreed to see each other this day to cheer you all up before you we're all born into this life time and when you eventually go to heaven you will greet each other with such love for this moment. It is all so fantastic! Loads of love to you!

  9. And the best bit is, smiles come in unlimited quantities, and all free! :) Smiles to you from me! X

  10. I think this is perfect! The gem in the midst of the mundane! Naturally, beautiful you seized the moment!

  11. A thousand years ago, when I was twenty years old I had a facial at Elizabeth Arden in Rome, the place right next to the Spanish Steps. I have no idea if is still there. Anyway, a very wise and beautiful older lady scrutinized my face under a magnifying glass and after a poignant silent she said to me: other than cleaning it never do anything to your face. You will have beautiful wrinkles because you smile a lot.

    Guess what? indeed. I smile at memories even, and I smile at everybody, specially those who look like they have forgotten how. Selfish? maybe. But it does make for some beautiful wrinkles.