Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Wednesday musings

Journal pages over the last few days. Today was a good day, I got a lot done, starting off with early morning gym. I haven't been to gym since last week friday because I've had a bad stomache flu which started on Sunday morning. It was nice to back, gym really is a great mood booster!

A little highlight of my day today, I was at a work meeting at a small restaurant in our community, and sitting at the table next to us I noticed what must have been a grandmother and her grand daughter, or possibly her great grand daughter eating lunch together. The granny must have been well into her eighties, and the grand daughter was in her very early twenties. They looked to be so much enjoying eachother's company, and you could just see the love and respect between them. The winter sun was out and it seemed to bathe them in a special golden glow. And what was so sweet and amazing also, was that you could see the strong family resemblance that had been passed down through the generations from the granny to the young woman in the strong eyebrows and the shape of their eyes.

I almost wanted to go up to the young woman and tell her to treasure that moment, because one day she would look back on it as an amazing memory, and hold close to her heart all the things her granny had taught her. Important things like family history and cultural traditions, things that you only really tend to appreciate when you get older, and by then it's often too late. Of course I didn't say anything because one doesn't do that kind of thing, it's not appropriate or polite.

I want to notice more things like that around me as I go about the mad rush of my life. I took that little vignette away with me, and it made me feel good. Johannesburg can be a difficult city to be in with all the crime, and grime and corruption and negativity but there is lots of good too, it's up to us as individuals to focus on the good as well as the bad.


please sir said...

What a lovely moment you witnessed. I love noticing all the details around the world.

mormar said...

your pages are always so fun to see.
I am glad that you are one to notice all the special moments that surround us.

Lynne said...

beautiful post (and pages:)