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MY KITCHEN TIMER SPEAKS
6/16/2020 7:49:00 AM by: Leona Choy

My chiropractor set me up: “Sitting too long at the computer stresses your back and legs and irritates all the nerves connected with them.” I already know that.

But I’m a writer. When I become immersed in the creative process of words and thoughts, I ignore time. That's good, isn't it? Before I realize it, hours have slipped by. And yes, my body shouts about it. It hurts!

“Set your kitchen timer and get up and move every hour. Then you can return to your writing renewed,” he advised.

Okay, I’ll give it a try. It's taking awhile to establish that good habit because, more often than not, I continue to ignore the irritating jangle-buzz of the timer. It startles me, but I keep right on writing. I'm learning, but slowly and reluctantly.

Eventually I do head for the door with my sunglasses and cell phone, the latter at the insistence of my four sons who always warn me about falling and breaking a hip!

It really isn't a forced march; it's a happy escape from my own chosen confinement. When summertime elbows spring aside, I give in to the siren call of the warm, affectionate sun kissing my cheek, the gentle breeze ruffling my hair, the intoxicating fragrance first of honeysuckle, then the scent of sprouting pine, then peonies, then lilacs, then roses—overwhelming my senses.

Lord, I notice! I notice and appreciate Your seasonal cycle established from the beginning of creation and continuing to nurture me in my vintage season of life.

As a teenager I had to memorize the poem by James Russell Lowell, “What is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days. Then heaven tries earth if it be in tune and over it softly her warm ear lays....” What a sensory expression! The words moved me in my youth, and I embrace and encore the feeling even now as a great-grandmother.

As a child, I soaked myself deliciously in the release and relief of summer vacation from school. Those were lazy, hazy, days which seemed to stretch endlessly while I enjoyed doing nothing and going nowhere special. I understood the true meaning of leisure. Bored was not in my vocabulary. With neighborhood kids I always found more than enough to occupy each day. In that long ago era, we even hiked in the woods and brought along sandwiches and a bottle of “pop” for an impromptu picnic dipping our bare feet in a bubbling stream.

Our unchaperoned forays “into the woods” after school even as pre-teens were parent-permitted and considered safe. We brought home wild flowers, spring-beautys and violets, wilted from being clutched in our sweaty hands. And tadpoles in the empty pop bottle filled with pond water to monitor the progress of the frog cycle. At night there were lightning bugs to catch on the lawn and capture into jars.  We played hop-scotch on the trafficless street under the street lights while grown-ups gathered on porches with neighbors for lemonade, small talk and to cool off in a captured breeze pre-a/c. Pure nostalgia….

After the rare, springing-up days of June, high July comes slipping in with sweltering heat and even more of God's seasonal creation variety to revel in as summer morphs into amazing autumn with its splendid splashes of colors—and too soon the thoughts of first flakes of snow not far behind. Always more for which to bless God!

I can experience that feeling again in bite-size pieces when my kitchen timer goes off. I wear a pedometer while walking. In a measured mile I can condense some of the sensory delights of my childhood through short slices of time stolen from my writing. I am still alive and my Creator, Savior, Redeemer, Provider, Sustainer, who holds my breath in His hands, is within me, beside me, going before me, drawing me ever closer to Himself. Moreover, He has my back.

THERE GOES THE BUZZER! It's my signal to get up and

savor God's splendid creation. Won't you come walk with me?


Comments

Joanne Seale From Winchester At 6/18/2020 4:20:59 PM

Leona, many of the childhood memories you mention are the same for me. How blessed we are to have such beautiful memories!

Reply by: Leona Choy

Yes, and didn't some of those memories also take place in Iowa? There's nothing like a heartland growing up time. We are blessed and we pray for our grandkids and great-grands who are facing an ever stranger world out there that is being turned upside down in its faith and morals. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Dot From Dan At 6/17/2020 5:49:14 AM

Rise and shine, Leona! The hills are alive with the sound of music!

Reply by: Leona Choy

Yes, let's sing the praises of God, sunshine or shadow. God is good ALL the time, even as we feel our aging fragility and leaking energy. I love you, my friend.

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