I am sitting in my lawn chair reading for my homework. I am distracted by birds chirping, dogs barking and the noise of my neighbors lawn mower as he mows his grass. The wind is blowing and messes with my book pages. I have to carefully hold on to make sure I don't lose my place. The sun is warm on my skin and I worry that I have not put on sunscreen and may get sun damage. I notice a Woodpecker is hacking away on the trunk of a nearby Cottonwood tree and I start to wonder if the next monsoon will knock down the heavy branches of the old, fragile wood. Surely it will damage the underlying fence. I realize how much the grass is growing and there are flowering weeds everywhere, I frown and realize there is much yard work still to be done. I am annoyed by my dog's nails digging into my thighs, as she sits in my lap.
I am sitting in my lawn chair reading for my homework. I enjoy the beautiful songs of songbirds chirping and hardly notice the dogs barking, or the noise of my neighbor mowing his lawn. The wind is softly blowing and I feel it's cool air on my skin, feel the warmth of the sun on my face. I notice in the old Cottonwood tree, a woodpecker is building a new nest, and I realize how even in death the fragile old wood is providing food and shelter for insects and birds. I see a bee on the tiny flowers of the weeds and smell the fragrance of the grass under my feet. My dog is snuggled in my lap, the warmth of her tiny body makes me realize she is happy, simply because she is near me, and it makes me smile.