That’s a portion of a log that sits up in the back flower beds of my mom’s yard. As I passed it by the other morning, it just said, “take my picture”. So I did. From a distance, it has a tendency to look like a cat with his tail up. I’m not only too close up, but facing the “cat’s” face instead of the side of its body.
Things are not always as they appear.
We went to eat at a local hamburger joint the other evening. I was headed for a booth at the back, but saw one closer to the front and took it. At first I thought maybe I should’ve gone to the other one. The table had a couple of crumbs and there was a family with a generous voiced child. As I sat and waited for my husband to come back after ordering (he’s doing so much better than he was), I listened to the conversation of the family, just a little. It was kind of hard not too.
The little boy was getting a lesson in sharing. He didn’t like his dad taking his fries. The dad was so patient as he spoke with his son to his left. I could see his face between the shoulders of the daughter and mother. They discussed who had paid and what sharing was. He was small enough that he was obscured by his mother. I did lean to my right once, so I could have a face to go with the voice and see how old he was. The conversation roamed to a series of questions about first names, which the young girl joined in. I saw her from the side, all decked out in young girl pink. “Mommy, what is your first name?”
I didn’t really hear everything and I wasn’t really listening to hear. I was enjoying watching the family though. At one point, the dad, who was in his what, 30′s? Started talking about “you first” “no you”. He said “Chip and Dale.” Sounded like it was going flat. ” It was a cartoon”, he said. I know the one. It made me smile, one of my cousins and I used to laugh and say that all the time. Okay, we still do now and then. Anyway, I was looking directly towards him, my husband had gone to get the order, so I could see him just fine. I so badly wanted to sing “I’m Chip”, “I’m Dale”. But I didn’t. He looked up and saw me watching them, or him. I smiled, it felt like sunshine. He smiled back, a huge, sunshine-y smile. I was glad I had taken that booth and sat facing their booth.
Things aren’t always as they appear?