Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

“I want your smile”


I think this morning, the Sunday morning after Charlottesville, we could all use a smile. Not to trivialize what happened there, what is happening in smaller and less splashy incidents all over our country, but to give our broken hearts a tiny bit of relief.

The sun always rises.

There’s this guy named Trent who writes a blog and weekly asks us to tell him what made us smile during the previous week. I haven’t followed him long, or even regularly, but I happened to read him this morning and knew that I wanted to share the things that made me smile this week.

I wasn’t on an adventure, not camping with Katie-girl, or off exploring by myself. I spent this week at home with the camera, just shooting regular stuff — the things we all see but rarely stop to really look at. Like things in my garden, during this end of summer time when the gardens always look their best even though they’re becoming a bit frayed around the edges.

A pop of color.

And it rained a lot this week, as happens on late summer afternoons. Gushing downpours that wash away the humidity for a bit.

It’s a monsoon!

I stood on my front porch and shot the rain hitting the driveway. Sometimes it seemed as though the drops were creating tiny little fireworks, as if they were celebrating summer.


After the rain I took Katie-girl to her park. The temperature had dipped down into the high 60s (15.5c) cool enough for a sheltie to enjoy a summer walk. We were surprised mid-walk by another thunder storm.

The light before the storm.

The wind blew and the rain drove down in sheets. We got wet, though the camera was safe inside my pack. Katie and I both smiled.

And of course I’m totally smiling over the fact the orioles are still visiting my feeder. Sometimes they get confused as to which feeder, but they’re still visiting.

Wrong cafeteria, girl!

I expect them to leave for the season any time now. I’ll miss them all. This morning there were two males and at least four females all vying for the feeder. I think that signals that they’re getting ready to head out for their winter home.

Gotta get my share before all those girls come back!

And last night I went out into the backyard after midnight to look for meteorites. Here in Michigan it’s supposed to be the best time to see them, and I did see one which was amazing. And no, that’s not the it, that’s a plane. The meteorite was much much brighter. Still I thought this was a cool shot.

All kinds of light last night.

Our backyard is too full of light, mostly from the neighbors huge yellow light over his garage, to really get great pictures of the night sky, but I had fun messing around with the camera anyway.

Starry starry night…

So these are some of the things that made me smile this week. What about you? What did you smile about? Care to share? Just link to Trent’s blog, we all need another smile!

She always makes me smile!

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

13 thoughts on ““I want your smile”

  1. I needed this reminder, thank you. I’m finding it harder and harder to focus on things that make me smile, living in this world that seems to have gone crazy. I did smile this week – at my furry girls, at the antics of the chipmunks, the birdsong, and the silly hummingbirds darting hither, thither, and yon.

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  2. I’ve noticed a similar trend among my social media friends – that is, acknowledging the dark by talking about the light.
    Lovely post. Made me smile. 🙂

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  3. Hi Dawn.

    Great post. I enjoyed the photos.

    Today, I walked in the woods with Acacia and Sundew, and shook my head and smiled as I watched them both lying in mud puddles, and then, after they were covered in flop, flopping onto the forest leaves to roll on another filthy layer. Sundew was just reveling in the pleasure of it and just laid still, taking slow, deep breaths of all that great stuff down there!

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  4. Love the photos of the raindrops hitting the driveway! And, of course, your Princess. Trying times cry out for us to grasp onto things that make us smile, things that make sense in an often-senseless world.

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  5. wow such wonderful smiles- love those Orioles at your hummingbird feeder! Love the starry night!! Thanks for the smile

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  6. I spent the last week taking photos of spectacular views (Colorado), but sometimes just doing little shots around the house helps us open our eyes more. I really like the photos of the rain splashing. Very cool. Some other nice captures.


  7. Pingback: Weekly Smile 84 Recap! | Trent's World (the Blog)

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