All the small things.

Over the last couple of days, I have felt a return to my ‘normal’ self (loose use of the word ‘normal’ there).

My energy levels have been up and stayed that way. The pain in my feet/ankles and hands/wrists has significantly reduced, almost to the point of being negligible.

As a result, my head space has been better. And when I say ‘better’ I actually mean I am feeling euphoric. And I have realised it’s all the little things that I have been missing.

Being able to give my hair a good scrub when washing it, without pain shooting up my arm.

Being able to lift a full kettle of water to make my tea.

Getting out of bed in the morning and not nearly collapsing from the pain in my feet.

Driving! That small loss of independence has taken it’s toll!

Carrying a plate of food with one hand.

Lifting a saucepan full of vegies off the stove.

The little things we take for granted every day, mean so much when they are gone.

And so I have looked about and realised a new appreciation for the other small things that have the capacity to bring me joy.

Like our garden. We don’t have an ideal place for a veggie patch, so have had to make do with the good ‘ole styrofoam boxes.

Little things like our first strawberry.

Beetroot poking it’s head through the soil

And baby spinach reproducing at a profuse rate

We also have other veggies and herbs that are growing at a cracking pace, too. Not an award winning garden, mind you. Just simple homegrown yummy-ness πŸ™‚

I feel a sense of renewed wonderment at the world around me. The simple pleasures of hearing my daughters laughing down the hall way and walking into the bathroom to discover a full manicure session in progress. A simple ‘love ya!’ from that boy of mine at the end of a phone call. Listening to my sister recounting the shenanigans of my two year old nephew and the sound of his voice saying “Auntie Oosie”.

So many ‘insignificant’ joys to be found, if we simply stop to look. Give me the little pleasures any day πŸ™‚

I don’t know how long this heightened awareness will last. I hope I manage to hold onto it for a little while.

And if I don’t, please feel free to remind me of this blog post πŸ™‚

PS. My friend Alison wrote wonderfully about the small things recently on her blog – go here to read it – little tiny things

15 thoughts on “All the small things.

  1. Ah, it’s nice to hear you are feeling well again and enjoying things from a refreshed perspective. That all sounds lovely ! I am currently fully appreciating a cup of tea and some mobile technology with my feet up – aaaaahhhhh πŸ™‚


  2. So pleased your body is repairing. Enjoy every second of your new-found mobility! Love your fruit and veggies by the way. Yum.


    • Thanks Fiona! I am very much enjoying it – things like jumping up for the phone are even still a novelty LOL The family thinks it’s great – after nearly ten weeks of waiting on me, they are happy to let me do some of the work for a change πŸ™‚ When you come down (when is that, by the way?????) you can sample some of my homegrown produce.


  3. I am so happy you are feeling better, Susannah! Yay! And yes, I agree, it’s the little things that make us the happiest. I’d rather hear little boy giggles or pick up a fresh, home-grown tomato than many of the “big things.”


    • Thanks Karen πŸ™‚ That strawberry is going to be the best one we’ve ever eaten! I am constantly amazed at how different home grown veggies taste, compared to store-bought. Can’t wait!


  4. Sorry I’m late to the party, Susannah (been fighting a computer virus all week, so no email). I actually got all teary reading this post and all the wonderful love in the comments. My arm was not as serious as your condition, but I so know what you mean. I am now numb only in my right index finger and thumb (one could make an arguement for my head, but that’s another issue). I recently started sleeping on my right side again. I can throw the ball and frisbee for my dog at the beach again. I can type for (pretty much) a full ‘work day’ without taking so many breaks. These little things sound so superficial, but they mean the world when they’ve been missing from your life for so long.

    I’m so happy to hear of your progress and the joy in your revelations! Cheers from your weepy friend in the States. Happy Weekend to you and your beautiful family (been seeing the pictures, even though I missed the blog. πŸ™‚ ).


    • Ah yes, I knew you would understand exactly, due to your recent illness πŸ™‚ So glad that you are back to (almost) full health, too. And I understand the weepy-ness, too, I got teary when I noticed the ripening strawberry LOL
      Have a wonderful weekend, yourself, and know that all the way across the ocean, there is someone else appreciating all those little things too xo


  5. Ack, I am posting as my alter-ego, sorry–but I wanted to make sure to tell you that I’m super-glad you’re feeling better and also to echo your feelings about the small things making the world such a brighter, happier place. Keep going strong πŸ™‚ Kate/4amWriter


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