Attending to the “Little Joys” of Life
“The universe is a place of abundance when you nurture others while also caring for yourself. Your ability to give and receive multiplies exponentially.”
-Christine Northrup M.D.
I wake each morning to the sounds of the ceiling fan whirling, doves calling and birds singing. The vibration and chirping of Jane’s cell phone alarm is my signal to get out of bed and start the day.‘Where’s the coffee’, ‘how do they get these hard boiled eggs so hot’, ‘pass the toast’, ‘are there any more scrambled eggs and sausages’ are the sounds of breakfast. Thoughts of the day and journal reading offer us all inspiration.
Crying, babbling, first words, repeating animal sounds, laughing and the beautiful singing voices of the Roaming Caregivers singing ‘hello, hello and how are you today’ are the sounds of our home visits. Words of encouragement and praise are given to each mom as we leave the home.
Frustrations, accomplishments, hopes and dreams for the people of St. Lucia are all expressed during our evening meeting. “Let me ask you, did you have a good day” is Warren’s way of clarifying how each one of us is feeling.
‘Raise your hand if you ordered the coconut shrimp’, ‘please pass the bread’, ‘where’s the pepper’ are familiar phrases during dinner. Michele’s infectious laugh, sharing ieas with each other and Kimmy’s shriek when the bat tried to land on her shoulder are added bonuses during the meal. Multitudes of frogs chirping and occasionally the pitter-patter of raindrops which often turn into pounding on our metal roof are the last sounds we hear before falling asleep.
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