Make the Ordinary Come Alive by William Martin
Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is a way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples, and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.
From The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents
photograph Rose Cook
To Wake Up In The Morning And Be Happy For No Reason At All
There’s a kind of dripping thing
called love. I find I have done
everything to avoid it,
but let there be love as sturdy
as a white enamel bin filled with bread,
something used absolutely every day,
the kitchen table, teapot, kettle.
Let it be as sacred as a cellar door,
sideways as scullery.
liminal as doorstep,
wide as wind in the trees,
as ruby rich and spreading
as the copper beech outside.
Let it be ours, fierce in its telling,
soft in its showing
appreciated for its very existence
for here, this is heart.
photo and poem Rose Cook