Weblog Wednesday: Everyday enchantment

Books and baguettes, wheels of cheese and spools of fancy ribbons. All set against a backdrop of lush green meadows blooming with flowers.

Fairy tales have a knack for taking ordinary life and turning it into something magical. In the case of Beauty and the Beast, which I reviewed the other day, even if we strip out the elements of magic involved in the story, the film took great liberties with how it portrayed life in provincial mid-18th century France. From my novice research on the time period, peasants living in a town such as Belle’s would have faced great poverty and a meager life expectancy of only 36. (There was a reason for the French Revolution, after all).

Yet, the film portrays Belle’s home as a cozy village full of cheerful townsfolk in beautiful – if humble – fashions, smiling as they engaged in a lively economy. Quite a different image than one of filth, starvation, and illiteracy, no?

To be perfectly honest, as I watched the film, I found myself wishing that I could have lived back then in such a place — despite knowing full well that the cinematic portrayal of the standard of living was WAY off and that I wouldn’t actually want to live in a time when you were lucky to get to bathe once a month.

So, how do we go about feeling enchanted in our own lives? How can I possibly feel any sense of enchantment stuck in traffic for an hour on a rainy Monday on the way to my humdrum 9-to-5?

I won’t lie. When I realized it was Tuesday, and time to write this week’s Weblog Wednesday, my first thought was, “This was a mundane week; there’s nothing interesting to write about!”

In fact, I would go so far as to say that I sighed to myself much in the way that Belle does in her opening number, rolling her eyes at her sleepy little life.

But, I must remind myself to find the enchantment in everyday life. If I can look at poverty-stricken mid-18th century French life and find something exotic in it, then surely I can look at my own life and find the same.

So, here goes my boring week: Last Wednesday, President Trump was in Nashville. And not only was he in Nashville, but he was speaking at a convention center just a few short blocks from where I work. It was certainly surreal knowing how close I was to the President; the traffic was much less surreal, and much more obnoxious!

On Thursday, Dear Husband hosted his weekly poker night at our home, which meant I got a fabulous night of me time. It should come as a shock to no one that this involved blogging and reading!

Friday and Saturday seemed to pass in a blur. On Friday I went to the doctor and had a blood draw, which was quite unpleasant given that the nurse kept missing my vein. The evening was spent in relaxation, reading and blogging by the fireplace.

On Saturday I had a lovely ten mile run around our subdivision. This was my longest run since the Disney marathon in January, and I must say, my calves and quads felt it the next day. On Saturday night, Dear Husband and I went to my father-in-law’s house for a home cooked dinner and an evening of card games with my in-laws.

On Sunday, we of course saw Beauty and the Beast, then we met up with my mother-in-law for a late lunch before the humdrum activities of grocery shopping, meal prepping, and laundry. That night, I added a little French-inspired enchantment to my life by getting a baguette, brie, and grapes to go with dinner.

So far, the week at work has been pleasant enough — thankfully not stressful like two weeks ago was! And now, it is somehow Tuesday night again, and I find myself telling you all about my totally not enchanting week.

Yet, I am committed to finding the enchantment in everyday life. I am committed to looking at things even as mundane as a morning commute and finding something scintillating about it. How? I’m not sure yet. But I know that if I don’t, this life will slip through my fingers without the appreciation it deserves.

Tell me, how do you find enchantment in your everyday life?

Until next time,

xoxo Charlotte

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6 comments

  1. I think photography helped me find magic in everyday’s life… Even without my camera in hand (though, with iPhones now we are rarely without a camera), photography has taught me to notice the small but beautiful: golden morning light or pink sunrise skies, the shiny droplets of rain on the windshield or on my bike helmet, the colours of the birds, etc. It’s truly little things but if it makes you smile even for a second, that’s the magic I think. I’m glad you had a good week! It might be mundane to you but sounds like and interesting and full life to me! 🙂 x

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    • That is a fabulous idea and perspective, Frede! I agree with you – documenting all of those ‘little things’ that we find beautiful in everyday life makes us able to look back and realize that, maybe just maybe, they were collectively ‘big things.’ 🙂

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  2. I similarly feel like my life is on the boring side when I go to write my Snapshot posts! Like, does someone really want to know that Starbucks had no herbal tea? But then I remind myself that I LOVE reading about the “ordinary”, and that’s often where I find myself pulled. I always love your We Blog Wednesday posts! 😍

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    • Precisely!! I 100% feel the same way. When I look at my own life, I worry it is too boring for my readers to find interesting, but it’s as though I have a negative double standard for myself. Because, when it comes to reading other blogs, I love hearing about their lives, the mundane and the exotic parts equally!

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