open invitation no. 26: ordinary magic

Open your eyes and find the ordinary magic all around you.

Writers don’t have to have magnificent things happening in order to have things to write about; they simply decide to write about ordinary things. When this happens, the ordinary becomes magical.

This happens in my back yard, which is as ordinary as they come, but I can find magic…

Today the grey sky rolled over the backyard, followed by the wind and then the rain started spitting. I could smell fall arriving.

A few months ago there were so many fireflies that glittered filled the backyard.

The International Space Station arcs over our backyard, and we stand in the dark and watch in awe.

There is an orchestra with crickets and locusts and the caw of birds. The train horn is carried across the miles, drifting into our backyard.

Take time to notice the ordinary and I hope you’ll find some magic.


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Published by Ruth Ayres

Unhurried. Finding the magic in the middle of living. Capturing a life of ridiculous grace + raw stories.

17 thoughts on “open invitation no. 26: ordinary magic

    1. Yes – I have experienced that too: I can’t help but notice their nearly perfect posture and the loud silence that fills the room. It feels as if their personalities are caged in– like their bodies within the plexiglass stations. I continue to be amazed the my students’ resilience whether they are in 4th grade, or 2nd or Kindergarten. It brings me HOPE! Thank you for your insights!

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    1. Leigh Anne- So sorry for your loss. The Billy Collins poem brought reflection and tears. Thank you. It is necessary to stop and fill yourself with gratitude.


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