The Gift In An Image

Nature has a lot to teach us, especially in the small things that we often overlook. I spent time today deliberately looking at the outdoors, took several shots with my new camera, and came home thinking that what I saw through the lens would really be inspirational. To my surprise, the first photo of the day, that of the berries, was ultimately the one that said the most, that has the more powerful beauty. 
The berries on the plant in front of my house are tiny little red things. The birds love them, and so we have quite a show outside our living room window as they devour them from the branches. Today these little berries look like a pair of red mittens to me, so I offer this photo of them here. Can you see those red mittens there? What was the color of your favorite mittens? Can you even remember having them?  (I’m not sure I can, with one exception….)
When I owned a 1969 VW Beetle and drove it to work in the cold winters of Central Illinois, I wore a heavy pair of leather mittens to keep my hands warm. Along with leg warmers, boots, a long down coat that had a hood that I could tie around my head. One hand usually wiped the frost off the inside of my windshield as I drove along. I loved that car, and I always made it to work through the snow…without frostbite.  
Mittens. Easy to loose when you’re small, so Mom makes a string to attach them and you pull that string through your coat sleeves. Or you have those metal clips that connect them right to the sleeve of your puffy winter jacket. How many “single” mittens are out there?  
Simple items to keep us warm and protect us. A simple image that looks like something from our childhood memories. An image that makes me happy… and I hope you can enjoy it, too.

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