Saturday, March 12, 2011

when there are big things, it's the little things

earthquakes, tsunamis, nuclear meltdown * class warfare * old white men who would like to burn women at the stake * dictatorships overthrown * (or not) *

as so much turbulence unfolds, it's hard to imagine the future with optimism. at what cost will we finally reach a highly evolved place as humans? or is it all downhill until our extinction?

for the moment, i will focus on the little pleasures.

the peacefulness of folding laundry while my toddler sits on his potty and reads.

a good pot of soup that he devours. swiss chard, sweet potatoes, french lentils, carrots, yes!

spring. hallelujah! spring!

lovely knit things made by my mom. what could be better?

winning a vintage fondue set on a blog give away? cool!!!

small vintage things found at the thrift store. . . sweet!

awesome kid books:

a bright little tablecloth:

a small boontonware bowl in a favorite color. tristan eats fruit from it as i type.

and an old sheet that i'm considering making a skirt from, or some wide flowy housepants.

perhaps the biggest small thing, is my new and improved doula website, thanks to my husband. it still needs some tweaking, editing and additional information, but it is a huge improvement on the one pager i had up for so long.

yes, it's the little things that might keep us focused on what is bright, peaceful and hopeful in the now. we can then turn to the big world with a calm heart and a steadfast commitment to making it a better place.


song of the selkie said...

my sweet peas seeds have sprouted :) time to plant them soon...

"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree."

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Valerie 007 said...

Zoe I hope your vintage books aren't pre 1985 as books before this have ink high in lead : (

Zoe said...

wow, i had never thought about the lead issue. i just googled it and found conflicting evidence as to how harmful and prevalent this might be. tristan does not chew on books anymore, so there is that. also, not * all * older books contain lead. a test on several vintage children's books found only a small percentage to contain lead and even then it was not throughout the books, just in some of the illustrations. it seems like libraries are full of older books, and we certainly grew up with books that pre-dated 1985. but it is a great point you make and will definitely make me think twice about those tempting vintage books i sometimes come across.

Britt Bravo said...

Great post, Zoe. Isn't it amazing how events like the tsunami, or 9/11 can shift our perspective, and then as life gets more normal, we forget . . .