"One reason why we are so refreshed and uplifted by natural beauty is that we feel, even if obscurely, our connection with the great scheme of life on our planet and its deep imperatives" (A.C.Grayling, 'Why Beauty Matters')
A hungry baby waiting patiently in her highchair. Two big girls drawing and colouring at the kitchen table as my arms reached out like tentacles to make baby food, steam vegetables, pour milk, lay the table and wash dishes all at the same time. (It's a special superpower you develop when you become a mum) And then I glanced up and saw this out of the window and everything had to come to a halt while I went to get my camera, exclaiming over my shoulder, "Look how the sky has gone pink girls!" And orange and blue and purple and yellow. The sky looked like this for such a brief time, it had to be snapped quickly. It had to be appreciated right now, this second! The trees stood in shadow, highlighting the rainbow colours in the sky. Then it was back inside, the moment had passed. It was beautiful. It would have been beautiful if I had noticed it or not, but I did notice, I did look up from my 'getting dinner on the table' busyness. I saw it. I really saw it.