Chichin Itza means the mouth at the well of the Itza (Mayans). It is located in the Yucatan of Mexico. We took a ferry from our Royal Caribbean cruise ship to Playa del Carmen, then we walked 10 minutes to the tour company’s buses for a 2.5 hour drive. Ours was a van, much better. I didn’t know what to expect, but the tour was nothing but enlightening. Join me for some highlights!
My photos don’t do the etchings justice.
This week on my cruise vacation has been amazing! From this portion of the week, I feel so enriched learning about the culture and history of Mexico, the Mayans, and Chichen Itza.
The natural/animal world makes me smile. I get to see this sunflower budding while I walk my dog. He always aims for the bushes surrounding it, but never for the sunflower plant. I think this is a type of respect in the natural world. Yes, I think he purposely does not aim at the sunflower plant, as he knows it is higher in the pecking order of plant life.
Am I right? I respect him more for it. Seeing this thing grow makes me smile. I’ll certainly share a picture when the flower blooms! My smile this week is a quiet one. A smile of acceptance and gratitude. I am so thankful for my little dog monster that gets me out of the house and looking at these things. I might not otherwise! This little dog/monster that pulls on the leash and would chase every cat and squirrel if I let him….He’d also come home with deep scratches, I am sure. He is quiet around me, just like me son is, but we enjoy a walk out in nature together, my son and I, or my dog and I. My son doesn’t chase after cats or squirrels, though. 🙂 My point is, the outdoor walks are very healthy for me and whoever is accompanying.
The natural world is so good for one’s mind. This week at my workplace, we said goodbye to a co-worker who taught Science at my school for many years. A dedicated teacher, she also took in and adopted several small critters into her classroom over the years. She had such a respect for nature. That’s what I’ll most remember, her nurturing and curiosity. She was also friendly and always had a smile when I took my then younger son to work on an off day or after school. She was about 60 and it was recently discovered she had cancer. I want to go on about how her death didn’t have to happen. Instead, I’ll just remember the stories of her outdoors adventures studying nature and her smile and, at times, sardonic wit. My smile is a smile of acceptance, and even though that is hard, there is something worth smiling about, that I was privileged to know her. Nature will reinforce our belief that life goes on. I think Deb would appreciate that. Always remember, but don’t tarnish your remembrance with regret.
Photo taken Saturday evening.
***Weekly smile is a blogger’s challenge started by Trent. Visit his blog and his Weekly Smile post at https://trentsworldblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/06/i-want-your-smiles-weeklysmile-83-reminder/
I’m going to take a Soulful Sunday moment to reflect on the positives: the healing my family has encountered, the second chances, the support with my latest book, the friends I’ve made at work and church, and the long-time friends who still keep in touch. Let’s include my significant other, Kenny, who appreciates my art and respects my time, as he brightens the world with his own creations and remains steadfast through my many dramas. Those who say they “don’t like drama” are just denying their own. We’ve all got it, and it makes us stronger, as long as you’re not creating “the drama.” So I am thankful for that too, as well as the rain at my window and this dog curled at my feet whom I would not have brought home five years ago for fear of allergies and responsibility. My heart is becoming more capable with each possibility I let in. You’ve seen my patron animal here, (the flying squirrel) and you’ll see him again. Every time I’m walking the dog and he sees a squirrel, he chases after it until he’s stuck at the base of a tree, looking up at the squirrel high in its branches, wondering why he can’t just climb up to that high place as well. I imagine the squirrel felt the same when one of his kin just flew off the branch and glided. My dog can do something those squirrels can’t: he can mend a hurting heart and be the most loyal friend ever. Still, when I think of that flying squirrel, I think of the endless possibilities present in this universe, some that we haven’t even yet discovered. We all can soar, we just need to discover our own traits that will make that possible.
The natural/animal world is an endless source of smiles for me!