Gingerly weaving my way through my front garden, all the while keeping my eyes on my sandaled feet so as not step on any of my plants, I carried my two gallon watering can towards my Clematis that stands in the right back corner. My irrigation system doesn’t go back that far so I have to remember to water this Clematis by hand. I poured a healthy long drink of cool water, satisfied She drank deeply.
I had been bent over while pouring the water and when finished I stood up totally forgetting in that moment, what was physically behind me, a Rose of Sharon Tree.
Unfortunately, my hair became tangled on a branch that had several flowers on it and in so doing, that tangle disturbed a honey bee who had been happily gathering pollen on one of those flowers. I heard the buzz and felt the bee as he landed on my head and in a flash fear jumped into my stomach. Nooooooooooo!! And then, the initial horror combusted as that darn honey bee fell down inside the back of my shirt.
Reflexively I immediately dropped the watering can with one hand and with the other hand stretched out the back of my shirt hoping hoping hoping that bee would just fly out. To my astonishment, he did for I actually felt the flutter of his wings against my skin as he did so. With heart pounding, immense Gratitude overcame me, for in that moment I knew Mother had saved me from getting stung yet again.
I turned to gaze at that Tree with eyes full of Gratitude. I had gotten stung on my right foot weeks earlier and the pain sent me through the roof! My Gratitude surrounded me all the day long as I worked quietly in my gardens, lifting me on a cloud of Protection and Peace. My day flowed effortlessly with no thought of time except for those occasional twinges that asked me to go into the house. And when I did go in, I found Sassy calmly sitting on the kitchen floor waiting patiently for me to come in (she knew I would “hear” her “call”) so that she could eat. Since the passing of our Charlie a couple of weeks ago, Sassy has lightened my responsibilities further by choosing to again eat independently of my assistance.
Truly there are Blessings in all Situations. I AM so Grateful!
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