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Today I Love Mourning Doves

clouds over the bay
You’ve never seen these clouds before and now they’re gone

Today I love mourning doves that I hadn’t seen before at the cottage but that are suddenly here with all the other avian citizens of the shoreline of the bay. I love sunset on the dock and early morning coffee on the dock and busy workdays at the cottage no matter what the work is. I love that today is yard work and cottage cleaning and writing and radio show production day. I love that there is heated debate within myself over whether or not to go swimming on this busy day. I love that the child in me is suggesting that I will work harder if I’ve had a swim and the adult in me knows I will work harder if I get to swim when the work’s all done. I love that the child in me is saying, “What if it’s too late to go swimming when the work is done?” I love that the child in me outnumbers the adult in me, but the adult outranks the child, it reminds me of every summer of my youth. I love the feeling of the cottage, the anticipation of going, the ecstasy of arriving, the sublime joy of being here. I love that even having to leave tomorrow doesn’t take away from being here.

Today I love bacon and eggs and toast on the deck in the trees. I love that the main floor of the cottage looks like a bungalow on the road side, but is the second floor out back, and looking out the windows toward the water makes it look like we’re living in a tree house. I love that there is so much to do here and that I’ll never get it all done so I can stop worrying about having nothing to do. I love that I have a to do list for here that includes things as simple as reading a book and others as fantastic as adding a third floor to the cottage that is shaped like a castle complete with a turret or two.

Today I love that we are heading to town for doughnuts and other lesser important things that we need. I love that every glance at the bay reveals something new, a fishing boat, or a change in the wind, a different light, some new clouds. I love that clouds are always new, constantly redefining themselves so that they are never what they were before.

Today I love drinking coffee at the cottage and doing all the things while the clouds go leisurely by and change into new clouds with every passing second.

Today I Love Mourning Doves

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about having ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

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Babcock, K. (2018). Today I Love Mourning Doves. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 26, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/today-i-love/2018/08/today-i-love-mourning-doves/

 

Last updated: 9 Aug 2018
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