**Side By side, crawling up my house was this unlikely Pair. A VERY large spider and a wooly Caterpillar. This was the second VERY large Spider I saw outside my home, and not long after, We found a few indoors! Right before bedtime, in the bedrooms, no less. Eeek! Not My cup of Tea**
As Native American Totems, Animals, insects and
reptiles are representative of lessons we are called to learn.
The Lesson of the Spider is: Balance, Wisdom, Creativity and Communication.
The Lesson of the Caterpillar is: preparedness for transformation, and the quality of inching along, or moving slowly, moment by moment, for the greater good of the transformation ahead.
(Synchronistically, I keep hearing the song "One Step at a Time", By Jordan Sparks)
I have never failed to see a connection in the out-of -the ordinary animal sitings, and what's happening in my life at the moment.
When My Children Were Little, and I'd take them for walks or hikes or camping, I taught them a game called the Noticing Game. Since I was the type of kid myself who noticed a lot, especially outdoors, and found it quite fulfilling, I wanted them to share in it too.
The Game Had Only two Rules:
1. Look for Something Interesting
2. Share it.
My kids are teenagers now, and, well, It's harder to get their attention that way.
I, on the other hand still like to play It.
The Intention of this Blog is to Show You Things I've Noticed while Walking or Hiking. Sadly We don't do much camping any more, but The Noticing Game can be played just about any place, together or alone, and if you leave it for a while, you can always return, For the Noticing Game is Especially fond of Prodigal Sons
I believe the most profound insights can be found in the most ordinary occurrences. I enjoy being present in the great outdoors with my family and my pets, and writing about the every day. I am easily and often moved to tears. I love reading, and writing both poetry and prose; hiking and, kayaking and boating on The Chesapeake Bay where I walk the shore line with our family dog Captain looking for sea glass and capturing it all on my I Phone camera. For the past three years, I’ve been reminding myself that I am a Writer, by sharing my thoughts and musings here. If it resonates with you and you feel inclined to share, Please Do. Your Comments are always welcome. I encourage you to share them here.