Little Things

Yesterday I cited a quote, “Little things amuse little minds,” but I tend to think that saying is not true. Well, some little things do designate a small mind (or at least an immature one) such as body noises humor, but other little things tend to designate a great mind (or at least an imaginative one).

For example, people throughout the centuries noticed apples falling. Isaac Newton saw the same thing, but he wondered why it fell straight down. I’m sure other people had wondered the same thing, but apparently, that was an idea whose time had come.

It’s been said that genius is finding the extraordinary in the ordinary, which is the direct opposite of little things amusing little minds. (Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary is also the definition of creativity and artistic expression, so maybe all three are related.) Another apropos quote is “The ordinary think inside of the box, the extraordinary think outside of the box, but genius thinks inside, outside, below and above the box.” (Matshona Dhliwayo) My problem with the second quote is that dang box. Why is anyone even thinking about that clichéd box let alone talking about it? (Though I suppose the box itself could be one of those little things that amuse little minds and awaken the genius in those who find the extraordinary in it.)

Appreciating the little things of life is makes us grateful, brings us happiness, and feeds our sense of worth.

Gardening is one such little thing, though it doesn’t take a great or creative mind to enjoy the activity, so perhaps that’s not a good example of what I’m talking about. A better example of little things amusing creative minds — especially when it comes to writers — is words. There is nothing as little as a word, and nothing as great. Without words, there would be no thought, no communication, no stories, no . . . humanness. (I don’t need to expound on this here since I’ve done so several times before, such as here: Giving Thanks for Words)

Word play — playing with words, not necessarily writing with them — has always amused me. For example, “words” is an anagram of “sword,” and both can be sharp objects. See? Little things amusing — little? creative? ordinary? extraordinary? — minds.


What if God decided S/He didn’t like how the world turned out, and turned it over to a development company from the planet Xerxes for re-creation? Would you survive? Could you survive?

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Field of Hopes, Field of Dreams

A friend asked how many holes I’d dug, and what I planted. It was easier to answer here than as a comment, and besides, it brings me one day closer to my goal of 100 continuous days of blogging.

I must have dug a hundred holes. I had more than three hundred bulbs, and approximately three went into each hole (all properly spaced properly). In retrospect, it was silly doing it all in one day because I worked too hard and ended up with a bad cough that is preventing me from doing anything, especially not planting the last ten bulbs (lilies) that I’d planned to put along the fence in the backyard.

I really don’t see how I could have done it differently, though. I wanted the bulbs intermixed so that the yard will look less like a formal garden and more like a splurge of flowers in a field, and so it pretty much all had to be done at the same time.

I planted lots of tulips and daffodils. Anemones. Snowdrops. Crocuses. Dwarf iris. Larkspur. Grape hyacinth. Aconite. Bluebells.

And I planted hopes and dreams. Dreams of a lovely yard come spring. Hope that spring will in fact come, that the bulbs will flower, that I will still be here, that I will continue to find joy in the little (the best!) things of life.

(The photo was taken this morning and shows the frost on my field of hopes and dreams.)


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