If you removed the rocks

The flowers and grass are lovely, but the rocks add something too. Montreal Botanical Garden, May 2009

The flowers and grass are lovely, but the rocks add something too.
Montreal Botanical Garden, May 2009

“The brook would lose its song if you removed the rocks.” — Fred Beck

I’ve written about flowers here too many times to remember, but today I’d like to acknowledge that life is also enhanced by those objects and events that are less flashy, less exciting, and maybe somewhat difficult.

What, after all, would be the point of a vacation if there was nothing to vacate?  Without the weekdays, there could be no weekend, and holidays would hardly be special if the everydays were not more numerous.

If today or this week or this month seems hard or dull or too typical, use your imagination to recapture a bit of that delicious feeling of returning home after a long trip and sleeping in your own bed.  Or the pleasure of curling up in the evening with a good book after a long, grinding day.  Or even just a few minutes sitting down with a cup of tea or coffee after you’ve been on your feet for awhile.

All these joys are brought to you by the more tiring business (and busyness) of life, which makes the special moments possible, and shines a bright light in their direction.  So if you encounter rocks today — which you almost certainly will — remember they are part of the music.

One year ago today:

Make them carry you


  1. Larry

    The picture is beautiful and it shows the balance of rocks and soil. Without the rocks, the soil would erode away and then no place for the flowers to grow. We always enjoy your blog and it starts off our day. Have a good day and enjoy the little things!

    • Thank you Larry, I’m so happy you enjoy the blog! Some places are so pretty I just can’t NOT take pictures!

  2. bobmielke

    As with most things one man’s flower garden is another man’s weed patch. I prefer my flowers in pots, boxes or baskets rather than resembling ground cover. Tall grasses in an outside garden just looks too unkempt to me. Japanese gardens are more to my taste with water features, neatly trimmed trees and water flowing over anchient rounded boulders and rocks.

    • Yes, I love the Japanese gardens too, although I must admit I like all sorts of gardens. I wish I could be more successful at container gardening, but I only seem able to grow begonias and geraniums consistently. I’ve tried various different things in planters but can’t seem to get the hang of it. And I love hanging baskets, but can’t seem to keep anything alive in one for very long. People who know how to manage it can make fabulous container gardens, though, such as the one Alys made years ago that I blogged about awhile back.

  3. Beautiful photo and lovely post! β™₯

    • Thank you M! I’m so happy to have you here!

  4. Sheila

    Julia, what a very beautiful scene you presented this morning, along with your words. No one likes being sick, but being “under the weather” really makes us appreciate feeling GOOD! It’s a glorious Monday morning and I wish for all a very good week. πŸ™‚

    • Sheila, that’s a good point. Whenever I get some sort of flu or even a cold, I think to myself, “why am I not happier when I feel good?” Injuring a leg, a foot or even a thumb can make us so appreciative of being able to walk around and use our hands easily. Headaches, toothaches or any number of ailments can help us appreciate being well. I am feeling pretty well today and hope you are too! So far so good, especially for a Monday. πŸ˜€

      • Sheila

        Not to mention paper cuts! πŸ˜₯

        • Oh, DEFINITELY! Especially when you have to fix something salty or with lemons after you cut your fingers!

  5. Loved the quote for its simplicity and meaning. Apt picture.
    We wait for weekends; we long for the pay days; we look forward for vacations, festivals and birthdays; and we embrace them ignorant of the cost we have to pay – one more week/month/year from our lives (from one of my posts – is it apt to quote myself?) πŸ™‚
    These days I make myself enjoy every work day by doing something special to make it unique and well-spent (glad the school bears with me and my experiments). And then comes the weekend when I can be all myself. Long vacations are not that fun – seem never ending and monotonous.

    • Bindu, thank you! And you are much more quote-worthy than I am, and I seem to be quoting myself all the time! πŸ˜€ Seriously, I think the school must appreciate your experiments in making the days unique. You are teaching by example, which is always the best and most effective lesson. If your students can learn to look at things with fresh eyes, and see possibilities rather than deficits, you are teaching them something more valuable than any worksheet could teach them. I think your students are lucky to have you! And yes, to one who is a teacher, I can imagine the vacations probably feel a bit TOO low-key after all that intense activity.

  6. LB

    So true!!!
    The coming home from work and sitting on the porch for a few quiet moments, is such a treasure.

    • All the more so when one lives in such a lovely part of the country! There’s nothing more deeply satisfying than resting in refreshing surroundings after a day of hard work. The simple daily pleasures really are best.

  7. Beautiful…

    • Thank you Merry! I so appreciate your encouragement.

  8. Susan

    I had to post a link to this on Facebook. So many layers of truth. Thank you, Julia!

    • Thank you, Susan! I appreciate your sharing a link to the blog. I’m so happy you liked it!

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