This has to be my scribbliest, fastest drawing ever. Why? ‘Cause I was FREEZING! Honestly, the moment we stopped walking and I started sketching the temperature started dropping. My fountain pen was cold enough that it was skimping on ink and drawing dry. R3, the girl who is a human oven, was walking around me in circles to keep warm. She soon popped her head by my shoulder and decided “your drawing is good enough, so let’s goooo!!” I was freezing, she was right and we went. I think we got home in half our normal time, LOL!
When we began our walk I noticed a tree full of birds. For the rest of the trail, until we turned back around and came upon the ‘bird tree’ again, I didn’t see a single other bird. Out of all the trees along the trail it seemed the birds had decided to flock together in one singing away.
During Lent, I am enjoying the benefits of flocking together. Not only am I following along in the footsteps of saints throughout history, I am also joining countless other faithful pilgrims in reflection and prayer every day during Lent. That is a powerful, comforting concept. None of us are alone. We are bound together as the Body of Christ serving and celebrating. Too often the world tells us we are the oddballs, out of step with the rest of the culture. It’s easy to be misled, to feel alone and out numbered by the vocal masses. It is a blessing to be reminded we are not alone. To flock together at church or be graced with a kind note of encouragement from a fellow believer are precious gifts.
Remember, faith works!
Jennifer Edwards says
Lovely sketch! You got all the information needed in just a short amount of time! And beautiful thoughts here as well RaSonya! So glad to be traveling this Lenten path together. Yesterday’s walk was at 13 degrees, so I just snapped a photo and worked from it at home. I had done a few days of standing there trying to draw in the cold and it was just. too. cold. Anyway…blessings to you!
Thank you Jennifer. Thirteen degrees, oh my! Way too cold for me, I would be walking at the mall for sure. (My kiddos tease that I’m part cold-blooded lizard, as I am always cold even when everyone else in the family is burning up.) Taking a photo is a great idea. I lose touch with everything, even my own body, when I draw. I was surprised by how frozen my feet and fingers were when I finished yesterday. Stay warm and thank you for allowing me to share this journey with you!!
Thirteen degrees! You didn’t say that in your blog post. I had no idea it was that cold! Yes, take photos!
So how cold was it for you RaSonya? You definitely captured the bird filled tree. Nice tie in to being part of groups. Art groups, church groups and others all help us get through life much happier than simply going it alone. I am a loner pretty much but I still need some group interaction to feel good.
Thank you Timaree!! It was in the low thirties, but I am always cold already. I will bundle up in Cuddle Duds, a hoodie and a blankie to watch tv while the rest of the family is in jeans and t-shirts!!
I’m a shy, introvert in real life, but church is a place I can socialize and interact easily. Maybe it just feels safe and the people feel like family. But you are right, I do need just that little bit of interaction.