It’s good to make discoveries and experience new things.
In my most recent column in The Catholic Observer I wrote about how we helped move our daughter, Kerry, to the Sunnyside Gardens neighborhood in Queens, N.Y. We were a bit nervous as we headed to the big city but we discovered a charming neighborhood, a darling apartment and an unusual faucet.
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The apartment also has cute art deco wall sconces and beautiful hardwood floors.
Most of us think of New York City as a place with skyscrapers and few trees. However, Kerry lives on a tree-lined street with a cute front door.
And I also realized that you don’t have to go far from home to look at life in a new way or different fashion.
My son, Matthew, came home recently while my husband was traveling for work. Matthew and I spent a glorious fall day hiking in a quarry near our house. On the way we passed a tree we must have seen hundreds of times. However, this time we noticed the leaves and how they show love.
We also enjoyed seeing the quarry with new eyes. Matthew and his siblings and friends had hiked there when they were young. We had not gone back in quite a while. It was fun to remember the day they found a snake there. And it was good to see the beauty of this place that had once been their playground of sorts.
I felt invigorated after our hike. It wasn’t just the exercise. It was the chance to open my eyes anew to a familiar world.
I liked seeing some place new like Queens. AndI liked seeing some place old with new eyes. I was glad for both chances to test my vision.