Exquisite common things

Every day of my life I’ve seen and heard what might be common things to us all. But today as I sit here with ice on my ankle, tending to a broken leg, I remember some of the exquisite common things I’ve seen and heard in my life. All these things spur memories and bring a smile to my face.

The sound of the wind rustling through fall leaves as some tumble to the ground with
striking colors of green, yellow, orange and red.

A child’s laughter.

The sound of bells ringing.

The sky before a storm, blue that is beginning to be enveloped by white and deep gray clouds, heavy with rain.

The sounds of life in the distance. A mixture of happy and sad sounds.

Sitting on a bench and watching people of diverse age and culture joining to form human kind, and in my sight, peacefully.

The smell of hot cinnamon rolls.

The sound of metal clapping against a pole, whether it be at the dock or a flag pole at a school.

The feel of sand between my toes, or grass, or mud. Splashing water barefoot.

Though sad, the sound of an ambulance on its way, knowing help will soon arrive..


My dog laying next to the desk, ready to follow me anywhere, with no questions asked.
No judgments, only love and loyalty – no matter what.

The backdoor opening as my husband returns home again safely.

A rainbow across the sky. Sun peeking through the trees to say good morning.
A sunset at the beach.

The crackling of a fire in the fireplace.

People hugging and holding hands.

The ability to forgive.

Music that fills my heart and lifts my spirit.

New fallen snow blanketing trees and everything in sight.

How an airplane can fly so gracefully and so high. A kite on a windy day.

Memories of sweet times gone by, and dreams of what the future will hold.


A kiss.

All these things and more continue throughout my life to fill me with wonder and love.


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4 Responses to “Exquisite common things”

  1. cttomasso Says:

    Wow. Do you write poetry? Or maybe a little pocket book calendar where each line is written on each page. Call it “The Little Things” And Cinnamon Rolls are my favorite!

  2. Marsha J. O'Brien Says:

    I do write – poetry, my blog, a children’s book, a small book about how to care for an elderly person, and I am 300 pages into a book I call Toll 63. I love to write!
    The blog is especially fun to share thoughts, and meet great new people and learn about them and their blogs. Thanks for your comments! Good ideas.

  3. sanjiwan Says:

    You are thousand times better than me , I wish I could write like you.

  4. Marsha J. O'Brien Says:

    What a compliment! I doubt it though! If you love to write words WILL blossom from your heart to your pen (or to your posts)…at the right moments. Relax and write from your heart or experience. That first email describing you and your experiences transported me. That’s great writing. 🙂

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