As we get older, I think we become more aware of ‘simple’ pleasures’, well I know I do! The smell of coffee brewing, freshly cut grass or hearing an owl hoot – all simple things that give immense pleasure.
I read the other day that Vita Sackville-West (she of Sissinghurst Garden fame, amongst other things…) used the term ‘through leaves’ to describe simple pleasures enjoyed by her family. She coined the phrase after “the small but intense pleasure of kicking through leaves while out walking”, which I thought was rather lovely.
Another classic, that I expect almost all of us know, are the lyrics to the song ‘My favourite things’ from the Sound of Music, including whiskers on kittens, warm woollen mittens and brown paper packages tied up with string.
It’s so easy to think that pleasures have to be big and expensive, like holidays, or fancy clothes… but I think we start to appreciate the simple things the more we experience life. You often hear people who have survived cancer, or cheated death in an accident or natural disaster, say how they appreciate every day, every moment, and are more aware of what’s around them.
I had a think about my ‘through leaves’ moments, and came up with the following list:
- The smell of baking bread (thanks to Richard and his bread maker!)
- Little Grace running towards me with her arms open
- A beautiful sunset (or dawn, but that’s rare!)
- Hearing my daughters say a casual I love you
- Finishing a card and sitting back and thinking – that’s a keeper!
My co-author Julia was here (we were busy having a book signing session!) and I asked her, for her ‘Through leaves’ moments and she said:
- Standing in the middle of her runner bean arch(!)
- Being greeted by her dog, Moss, in the morning
- Watching beech leaves unfurl in spring
- Walks on frosty mornings
So what are your ‘through leaves’ moments? Do let me know… smiles, Joanna