When I was growing up every chair in our living room rocked. And conversations took place as we rocked. Some were padded and some were just straight wooden rockers. As long as the chair provided movement all was good.
It was only after I left home this was not a normal situation. Sadly I came to realize that most people confine themselves to chairs that just sit there. A few might recline and now there are even whole couches that recline – but where is the movement in that?
There is something about gently rocking that is meditative. You can sit and rock and not feel you have to say something or do something other than just rock. I think it promotes quiet and peace.
One of the first things I bought for myself when I left the monastery was an outdoor swing. (Well actually I did persuade the Sisters to get one too) but anyway I knew that if my life was going to be at its best I needed a chair with movement.
I find that if I go outside and sit in the swing I will stay twice as long admiring the garden, the birds and the gentle breezes than if I were just in a straight lawn chair. In a yard swing I can look at the clouds, the tops of trees and distant horizons and find greater contentment.
This weekend we had lunch at a small cafe called the Island Cafe. It is on the Portland side of the Columbia but while you eat your meal the whole floor rocks. Sometimes a bit more than others when boats go by creating waves.
One time we ate there and one of the Portland fire boats docked for a few minutes to chat with some of the staff. Afterwards they gave us a little water demonstration with their fire nozzles. Was interesting and fun to see.
It’s also fun to eat your lunch with a small duck walking between the tables looking for any fallen fries or escaped table tidbits. Other water birds fly around and about checking things over as well. Never enough to be bothersome just nice.
Book Countdown . . . 2 – 20 – 2020!
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- Amazing trip to Oregon coast – though I got car sick coming back. 🙁
- Went to the Portland International Rose test garden. Beautiful roses.
- Our guest for the weekend is a horticulturist. So we got all sorts of plant identification and tips for caring for things growing in our garden. She was so fun.