Most people, myself included don’t really think or possibly care about garden statues and gnomes much, that is until you see one that means something to you. My wife would add little statues and decor to the yard and I would hardly ever notice. I never really gave it much thought. Why does she like these so much? Do they have some special place in her heart? Then she got one that made me pause, it made me smile. It is just a rock with a smiling face on it. Nothing fancy just a smiling rock. The cool thing about it is, looking at it makes me smile. The rock sits right next to our door greeting everyone that enters with that smiling face. I find myself looking at that rock every time I go inside the house. The rock has got to me. Somehow I have connected to a rock. Did I just say that! Yes, the smiling rock somehow is a calming influence that lightens my mood and makes me happier.
So now I get it, now I know what she see’s in this kind of yard decor. They can lighten your mood and as I found they can also take you to a different place and time.
My mom collected statues as well and when she passed I inherited a couple of hers. One in particular of a boy running, hands in the air takes me back to the time of being just a kid. A time when everything was just about having fun. A time when just about everything was fun. Remember when you were a kid and just running was fun! That is not true for me today, running is not fun. The thing is, I can be sitting out back and glance over at the boy and for a few minutes I am back to when I was a boy, thinking of fun memories from childhood.
Now you may think I’m a little off, and maybe I am, but like you I know what I like. I like things that make me feel better, happier. So if it is a smiling rock or a running boy that brings a smile and happy memory, hey I am all for it and I think you would be too.
see you next week