Would you believe? I gardened for three hours straight this afternoon but I am finally done with trimming the carabao grass, close to the roots because sudden rains make them grow like crazy. My son joined me an hour later and took charge of re-shaping and trimming our other plants. The Arius tree is now a perfect cone-shaped. We usually decorate it with lights during the Christmas season. Watch your calendar, it’s sixty-three more days to go before Christmas.
Our two pets Mimi (the kitty) and Noki (the dog) are happy when we stay in the garden for a while. I laughed when Mimi turned her face and looked at me while trimming the grass and with each snip of the garden scissors in my hands, she bobbed her head, that was crazy dancing I expect :) If she could speak aside from the “meow, meow” we always get to hear when she’s hungry, maybe she would say “dance with me, let’s go crazy”. Noki is happiest when he could run around, bark at the passersby and makes himself cozy between our Fukien tea plants.
I always bring my small radio outside when I garden. Don’t you think it is nice to listen to familiar songs and music of your younger years? There was this program aptly called Saturday Memories, an eclectic mix of 60’s, 70’s and 80’s music interspersed with OPM. OPM is an acronym for Original Pilipino Music. Filipino singers are a talented lot. They are internationally recognized in the music world.
I sang along with some of the songs that I knew of old. Perfect day to garden, perfect day to enjoy music. There was a portion of the program where they played inspirational songs and for a while there I stopped and listened. Footprints In The Sand narrated with a background music…how lovely. It’s one of those messages that make me cry, emotionally charged with a good feeling that God will always be there no matter. Then the inspirational poem Desiderata followed. Until now, when I feel down, the words of Max Ehrmann inspire me.
“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story….”
I think most kids of the late 60’s and 70’s are familiar with these lines. As if those were not enough, they played You Raise Me Up. Goose bumps to the max. I suddenly remembered Dad. They played this song at Daddy’s funeral almost nine years ago. It is a song of faith and belief in God. And every time I hear Josh Groban sing this, it makes me want to cry. And Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli’s version of The Prayer is the highlight of the afternoon. It was here that I cried.
♪♫♫I pray you’ll be our eyes
And watch us where we go
And help us to be wise
In times when we don’t know
Let this be our prayer
As we go our way
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your Grace
To a place where we’ll be safe….♫♪♫
It’s indeed a Saturday of memories. What song made an impact in your life?