Three simple gifts of wings

I spent the weekend at a friend’s cottage. On Saturday morning as I read my book in the sun, an object helicoptered out of the sky and landed on my page.

A maple key wing

I took time to examine it closely. The maple key looked like a feathered wing.

After lunch I sat with our friends to enjoy a drink. A dark dragonfly landed on my arm and stood out in contrast to the white shirt I was wearing. I appreciated its presence and examined the wings closely until it flew away. I didn’t expect the visit, so I didn’t have a camera handy, but this photograph by Kirsten Pauli will give you the idea.

dragonfly © Kirsten Pauli 2008

The sky on Sunday morning looked like this.

Wing clouds

I took some time to appreciate three simple gifts of wings from nature. I felt rich.

The glass that had held my drink on Saturday afternoon read, “To be rich is no longer a sin; it’s a miracle.” I dislike the word sin and I don’t really believe in it, but I might be convinced to believe in the miracle of the gift of wings.

A miracle Negroni

About Arlene Somerton Smith

Writer, laughing thinker, miner of inspirational insights, sports fan, and community volunteer

Posted on June 5, 2018, in Inspiration, spirituality. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I like how you express your visitations from nature. The maple key wing evoked a pleasant childhood memory. Thank you, Arlene!

  2. Nature has so much to teach us. Thanks Arlene for the reminder to be observant

  3. Taking the time to notice these gifts – that is the true miracle. And then life is filled with so much more.

    • I didn’t realize until I got home and reflected on it that time was the true gift . It’s been a while since I had an empty weekend of nothing but reading and relaxing. Ill take it as a sign that I need to do that more.

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