There is a stink bug, in a Gladware container, sitting on my desk. I didn't purposely keep it in the house like this all day (and actually, there are probably about 50 more unconfined stinkbugs in this house as it is), however when I look at the bug, it makes me smile.
Last night, at about 9:30pm, this sweet fellow, my son, Jackson
came dashing down the stairs to tell me and my husband that while he was reading in bed, a "stinkbug flew right by" his head! I told him that once he turned off the light, the stinkbug would be attracted to the light in the bathroom, and to please honey, turn off the light and go to sleep.
A few minutes later I heard him come back down the stairs, but didn't see him. Then I heard some rummaging around in the kitchen. Then some dashing up the stairs. And finally about five minutes later he came dashing down again. This time with Gladware container in hand, a bit of a grimace on his face and an announcement: "Here! Here it is. It's the stinkbug that flew by my head. I'm in my underwear though so I can't bring it outside."
And so I present to you, my muse (and in this photo, a dear friend's lovely daughter - who could also qualify as a muse as well!):
muse 1. A guiding spirit. 2. A source of inspiration.
I love this little guy so much. And all day this stinkbug has found its way in the living room, the kitchen and then my desk. Because, it's just bringing a smile to my face, just like Jackson brings a smile to my face.
I have many muses for many things, and many muses for beading. But Jackson definitely is my muse in life.
He often humors me by looking at my bead work and feigning interest (although he cares much much more about Pokemon, Bey Blades and Bionicles)! He is sweet, charming, funny and smart! He possesses more grace than people 5 times his age. I am so proud that he is in the Talented and Gifted program at school. He scores off the charts in reading and math...but he is a terrible speller. Case in point: this was something he gave me last year for Christmas.....which not unlike the stinkbug puts a smile on my face:
When I opened this, he put a knowing smile on his face and put his arm around me and said, "Life IS beauty, Mom."
My husband and I often remind each other when things might get difficult, that "Life is Butty". And we just smile. Hope this puts a smile on your face today, too.
Now, if you'll excuse me I need to let a stinkbug back out into the wild and finish working on my Margie & Me Challenge piece!!!