Today was a warm, bright, dry, quintessential summer day. On my walk after work this evening, I passed by a clothes line – and saw an assortment of freshly laundered garments drying under the August sun:
As I noticed the collection of clothing, the very first thought that came to me was my mom. When I was a kid she also hung wet, clean items out to dry in the summer – and I remember being a small child and watching her clip our shirts and shorts to the rough, thick, strong white cords; then being mesmerized by the view of the clothes flapping and swaying in the breeze.
The immediate next thought I had was of my mother-in-law. When I met her at her home over a decade ago, one of the first things I noticed was her clothes line in the back yard of her home – and I delighted in her sensibleness, and the gift she provided me as I dried off from a shower with towels that were infused with the scent of summer.
Both of these women have had an amazing influence on my life, and my life literally would not be what it is today without both of them. I can’t even begin to list all of the ways they have impacted, influenced, and informed me… And today’s simple image, observed in the midst of a very common task, brought deep, immediate, and genuine gratitude and feelings of good-will to my heart and my mind.
I love you two ladies. Here’s to clotheslines, and all of the powerful positivity they represent!