Sunday with Ruby


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Sometimes the Beauty of Nature will set you free.

You may ask why a sea turtle named Ruby inspired me to write this week? I sat awhile, soaking in the delightful euphoric feeling, watching her swim through her tank. Yes as a lover of nature I would prefer to see her out in the aqua blue see, but the chances of appreciating her presence would be a very small opportunity for anyone other than a deep-sea diver.

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Today we went to the Aquarium for our son’s birthday. To say this was adventurous would be an understatement for a family which usually stays away from any popular venues in the holidays. The crowds and noise, a challenge for our sons extra sensitivity to noise. Nine jubilant children, all running in different directions. They rushed through the venue as if on roller blades or riding skate boards, the flurry of hypo-activity infectious as their excitement fed and grew at each window.

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Ruby was very popular, the children watched and smiled leaving their hands on the glass as she glided by with ease, they  followed her for a while but lost interest as children do and moved swiftly to the next tank. My husband, mother, two other friends  and I stayed, captivated by her shear elegance. I guess we could appreciate the dream like quality of Ruby floating there, a tranquil entity in perpetual motion.

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I wondered did Ruby realise how mesmerised her audience became whilst watching this underwater display. My friend returned to her tank several times, as did I to appreciate her performance. I noticed every parent stopped, took a breath and savoured the peaceful moment.

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The children took a little longer to appreciate the aquarium, as the excitement mellowed I could see the serene surroundings taking hold. My daughter sat with her grandmother at the oversized tank, in awe of the giant blue groper, he kissed the glass when she came near. My son returned to Ruby, he said she waved at him, his own personal connection.

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As I sat there enjoying the moments my thoughts or lack of them, interrupted.

“Mum can we get drive through now and go to the park for my birthday cake?”

“Yes.” I said. Cheers spread through the room as the children marched out the door in search of other adventures. I smiled knowing this was a very special day for my family and friends, a memory for my kids of laughter and joy. One I would hold close when things did not go as well as this day had.

Recently I wrote about meditation, I think even five minutes spent with Ruby filled my awareness with a blessing of gratitude and left me with a new place to explore when I need peace. When things get a little tense I can visit Ruby, down to the depths of the deep blue sea and stay awhile in her wonderful under water world. I realised how much of a visual person I am. Before visiting Ruby I was unsure of what I would write about this week.

What captivated you, took your breath away and gave you a boost of gratitude for nature or inspired you to write about it? It happens to me every time I go outside, there is always a new miracle waiting to capture my imaginings, please share your experiences with me.

About Minuscule Moments

Everybody has a DREAM. Today is the first day of the rest of my writing life. Its a lonely world out there when you are learning the craft. This year, as the same as last year, I want to finish my first children's picture book. I have learn't many wonderful lessons on this journey. You are never too old to learn.
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38 Responses to Sunday with Ruby

  1. What a sweet story, and a wonderful idea to find inspiration in the beauty of nature, even if it is at an aquarium. It always takes my breath away to look at the sky in its ever changing glory.

  2. Beautiful – I could feel the peace of being with Ruby through your words. I loved where you said you wondered if Ruby knew how she mesmerized those watching..lovely thought isn’t it 🙂
    I am at a relative’s beach house on leave…first thing I did was open the back door then went to do something else, when I turned around a kookaburra was near the door just watching, welcoming me 🙂 that’s my moment for you.

  3. annepeterson says:

    Loved it. And when it cools off, I promise I’ll try to see something outside. When it’s too hot it takes all my energy. Today has been a writing day. A great writing day.

  4. annepeterson says:

    Oh wait, yesterday I saw something up close which was wonderful and natural. It was a fox! Jess and I were in the cemetery where we take walks and it ran across our path. One time we saw a deer which was wonderful too. You’re right. Nature does have a way of revitalizing. Just thinking about that fox gives energy.

  5. Kath, I love this post, especially the way your magical and meditative style of writing fits so well with the images of the sea turtle. And since you asked, I too found inspiration from natural surroundings this week, and was moved to share images in my blog post today.
    Happy Birthday to your son. 🙂

  6. cocomino says:

    How beautiful. The nature is amazing.

  7. A moving, inspiring post. Coincidence? I drove west to Bessemer Bend this morning and enjoyed the view where the river makes a sharp turn into a narrow canyon at the base of Bessemer Mountain. The mountain is an angled uplift colored red with iron above the deep green along the water. It’s one of the prettiest locations nearby and helps heal the scars that daily living can leave.

    • Thanks Christina how is your writing coming along?

      • You’re welcome, though really I should thank you for inspiring me to re-explore the world. The people on FB are probably getting tired of me posting pictures.

        I’m in a good place with my writing. Thus far I’m pleased with the online story. The young protagonist’s personality and heart comes through more clearly now. My poetry output has exploded the last week or so. Funny how that goes. I think getting out and about has a lot to do with it. I’ve posted one poem in the last week, but have written five others. Nature inspires in so many ways.

        I’m very excited about the novel, which is coming together. More and more I’m mastering Scrivener and it has turned out to be a blessing when it comes to revising. Instead of my life being littered with notes I can attach any information/changes directly to the chapter. It’s heaven.

        • Thats great do you have a FB page I can like and a subscribe button on your site yet? That way I get your words straight to my door?

        • I have two pages on Facebook. There’s my personal page under Christina Hawthorne and my writing page: Christina Anne Hawthorne – Writer. There’s a link at the bottom of my WP page. Yikes, I haven’t setup subscribing yet.

  8. There is nothing compared to nature, is there? There’s no deception, no hidden agendas. No secrets. It just floors me.

  9. I’m with you–every time I go outside is another opportunity to experience awe. Speaking of which–the pictures were exactly that!

  10. Kath, what a beautiful reflection on a family outing! My place of inspiration has always been the ocean. The waves calm me every time, whether they are huge and crashing or small and rolling into the shore. It reminds me of how small I am and how big God is! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Great post sharing more of your family life, and how you find inspiration. I truly admire your ability to observe the present, and get in touch with your own strength. And you communicate it so well, we find ourselves remembering to do the same. This weekend we drove along the Snake River to a family reunion. We followed a section of the Oregon trail, and I imagined the pioneers a hundred and sixty odd years ago, who took the trail looking for a new life in the Western USA. The timeless beauty of that river, and the outcroppings of lava rock the travelers used as landmarks gave me a sense of connections to others who have struggled to make the life they were called to live.

  12. Theresa says:

    Wonderful post! My most memorable times in nature – on safari in Tanzania, watching lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, giraffes, wildebeests, warthogs, hippos, rhinos, buffalo, birds of all kinds – whether seeing them from our jeep or hot air balloon, or listening to them overnight from our tent. I was totally at peace – a guest in their domain – and I didn’t want to leave. Civilization didn’t exist. [see: The Lion Sleeps Tonight but the Leopard Doesn’t, Parts I & II]

  13. The sun was barely up, tinting the still sea pink. I grabbed my flippers, snorkel and mask, slipped silently into the water and swam with the sea breams and millions of their offspring. Like Ruby I glided slowly through the water, not as gracefully, but the feeling was there. This is where I am close to nature, close to my soul and to God. I’ve swam with sea turtles in the Bahamas and they are exactly as you describe, ancient, soulful, elegant. Go back and talk to her or remember her…she is wise.

  14. Kath, a truly amazing post. Your photos are incredible! Nature inspires us with her beauty every day if we choose to look. It allows us the resources for endless writing! Thank you for sharing this piece of your world.

  15. You are a “wordsmith”…I enjoy each post. AJM

  16. Desi Clown says:

    A day VERY well spent. You write amazingly, and along with these pictures, I could almost visualize the scene unfolding in front of me. There are a bunch of stray dogs near my home whom I feed almost everyday and occasionally one of them will just come and put his head in my lap. I like to believe he knows I could use a hug. That’s my ‘connect with nature’ story 🙂

    • Desi thank you it was a wonderful day. A dog is a friend for life they sense a lot of things. Our dogs love the kids and bring such joy. I would be the same as you feeding local stray cats was my passion as a child. They are the innocents sad that they have no homes.

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