TBT – Ordinary tasks are a blessing

“Hanging laundry on a line is a very ordinary task.  It is as ordinary as scraped knees and lost keys, as fixing the same simple dish for supper again, and again.  Ordinary is most days…: ~ Jerusalem Jackson Greer, A Homemade Year: The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting, and Coming Together.

"Three Baskets" watercolour and ink on watercolour paper

“Three baskets”, watercolour and ink on watercolour paper.

A basket full of line dried laundry might be viewed by some as another chore checked off a long list of ordinary, routine tasks, but I prefer to look at it as a basket of clothes that smell of summer sun and fresh breezes.

Aren’t the little things in life most often glossed over as too mundane, too insignificant for our consideration?

But scraped knees afford the opportunity to console a crying child and feel small arms around us in a grateful hug while lost keys (or cell phones), are fodder for stories that make us laugh at our forgetfulness…eventually!

Simple supper dishes that are repeated week after week become the comfort foods of our youth, recipes that are passed from one generation to the next.

As Jackson Greer writes,” Lord help us if we overlook them.”

Dear friends, I wish you many ordinary tasks this year.

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