Magical moments occur everyday all the time. You know, those moments that make you hold your breath and wish time would stand still for just that minute. Those moments when you try to hold every part of the experience deep within your soul, when you try to remember even how the breath of air felt on your bare arms. Those moments? Well, I've had many lately and two I'll share this morning. They may seem insignificant and quiet in the scheme of "grand moments" but to me, they took my breath away for their peace and joy they brought.
Last night, at twilight, I happened to be standing outside. I noticed the guard staring up at the sky which brought my eyes also towards the sky. We watched at least 100 (maybe more) large birds of prey flying above us, calling loudly and riding the breezes. They would continually land in the branches of the swaying trees near us. They were so large and so close. The sky was almost black, but with enough light to make it a faint grey. They were outlined in big silhouettes, wings wide as they soared and gently landed thin green tips of trees. Amazing.
Then this morning, as we were driving Ellie to school (her three sisters had been dropped off already at their school) she had her window rolled down and she was watching every little detail as we drove with rapt attention. All of a sudden, she called out "oh, she is so beautiful, Mommy". This is the second time in as many days that she has commented on a Tanzanian woman walking down the street as we drove along the road. When she has called to me with awe in her voice, "she is so so beautiful". Yes she is, sweet girl, just like you. She is beautiful just like you.