Fish are Jumpin’ – June 12

Welcome if you are visiting because you are on the 2016 A to Z Post Challenge Road Trip This is a series during the month of June celebrating Summertime


Time to change the image for this series of summertime posts for the coming week. I found it on Pinterest years ago. As a gardener, it makes my heart smile. In the Chicago area we had a friend who was an Episcopal priest. He was known to use the birdbath in the church yard for baptisms. Wonderful!

Let’s visualize the summer Sunday this little girl is having. Her mother is nearby with trouser knees black and wet, where she kneels, weeding. There is a hum of bees in the nearby catmint, the tiny blue flowers throughout the garden border. The church bells ring ten o’clock, the service beginning. The child’s mother looks up, crossing herself, acknowledging the moment. Glancing at the little girl, she smiles. The child won’t stay put for much longer, but the view from the birdbath is a benediction Mom doubts the parishioners who have gathered in church will know.

This Sunday in June, we can all climb into a metaphorical birdbath, shoes off, hands behind our heads, looking into the trees above us. There is birdsong, and a slight breeze, and a blessing waiting to be claimed. Enjoy!

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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8 Responses to Fish are Jumpin’ – June 12

  1. Margaret Stillman says:

    A blessing! Thank you Margaret S.

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. dino0726 says:

    The little story you created around that picture sounds lovely. I remember using my imagination and pretending the mimosa flowers were tiny ballerinas. 🙂

  3. Vicki says:

    She looks so restful!

  4. I like to get in the pool in the late evening and watch the sun set and the stars come out in much that same way. The view up into the nearby giant live oak is majestic!
    Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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