Find That Child

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People are more than what they do

The car they drive, the kind of shoe

People are more than what you see

The soul inside that yearns to be

Free as a child, running wildly through the grasses

Tumbling madly into the waters

Knowing that they can do it all again and again and again

With no agenda, no worries, no difficulties

Look deeper, if you can, into their eyes and find that child

And give it freedom to come out awhile.

c2016 Lisa Lyons

 

Is Your…?

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Is your eye drawn to the blue in the sky, the oncoming or outgoing storm cloud, or the angel rays coming down on the left of the picture? Comment below. I love hearing how others see things. God made all of us to be such individuals, seeing the world in our own ways. 🙂 This picture was taken standing on the rocks on the outskirts of Doolin, Ireland. Slainte, Lisa

P.S. The Ballycarberry castle ruin won by a substantial margin yesterday over Cahir Castle as your go-to place for the day. Thanks for traveling with me yesterday! 😉

A Glimpse of a Country

My darling husband and I just returned from a  25th anniversary cruise of the Southern Caribbean, and had a marvelous time.  Now that we are back to reality (!!!) and away from the sun, sand, total spoiling, and relaxation, one of the biggest things that stands out for me is all the wonderful local people we met along the way.  We decided to be independent explorers on each island, and just hire local taxi drivers when we got there to take us to cool places and tell us about them on the journey.

Two standouts were Delaney on St. Kitts and Ralph on Barbados.  Two extremely intelligent and interesting men who seemed to know everything about their countries.  I tell you, I would be a terrible taxi driver for Virginia, where I live.  People would get in my taxi, ask me some questions, and I would be like, “well, ummm….let me think….”  🙂

Delaney was a mechanical engineer who had lived on St. Kitts all his life, had an 87 year old mom that we waved to on her front porch as we drove by, and had snowy egrets camping in a tree outside his neighborhood to ward off the tics.  Ralph likes to travel to Florida, but always comes back to Barbados, had 11 brothers and sisters, and sings in an amazing baritone in his church choir.  We had a blast singing in his cab to Nat King Cole, Hank Williams, and sixties Motown.  He says that goat’s milk has great health benefits and stopped at a goat farm for 20 minutes to get a fresh glass for himself on the journey.  🙂  Good times, nice people, wonderful memories.  Have a great weekend!  Slainte, Lisa

Delaney(trying to scurry out of the picture)  taking us through Brimstone Fort on St. Kitts.

Delaney(trying to scurry out of the picture) taking us through Brimstone Fort on St. Kitts.

 

Ralph from Barbados, on the path to North Point.

Ralph from Barbados, on the path to North Point.

 

 

And In the Town, There Was a Cottage

Sometimes I love to think about all the millions of towns, scattered in every country of the world.  And every town is full of people, living somewhere, and going through their everyday lives.  Then I think about how I don’t know most of these people, and I probably never will.  But they all matter; they are all created in the image of God.

Then my mind starts to think of the towns that I have traveled to before…ones that I loved and lived in for a short while, like Portmagee, Ireland.  For a while, we stayed there, shopped in their grocery stores, ate at their restaurants, listened to their music, and then we came home.  Yet life in Portmagee continues, and we are continuing here back at home.  The musings of a Saturday….:)

And In the Town…

…there was a cottage. A wonderful cottage.
Reencaheragh Cottage, Portmagee

May your little corner of the world be blessed today; you are important and loved by your Creator!  Slainte, Lisa

The Best Donkey I Never Really Knew

Sometimes you meet people or animals on your travels that you wished you had the time to get to know better.  If you actually lived there, they would be the ones you would make sure to take the time to say “hi” to, to visit, to pet through the fence everyday on your way by.  This little donkey is one of those.  He hangs out near the boats at Lord Brandon’s Cottage on the Gap of Dunloe tour in Ireland.  He seemed so happy to visit with us, and he really was as furry as he looks.

I hope this little guy is still doing well; he really brightened our day!  Enjoy your Saturday.  Slainte, Lisa