|Oak gall-photo by Libby Fife|
|More oak galls-photo by Libby Fife|
|Acorns-photo by Libby Fife|
|Woodpecker hole-photo by Libby Fife|
Right off the bat however, I got stuck. The actual spelling of the word "everyday" was an issue. Is it "every day" or "everyday"? And what did I mean with my title anyway? Did I want to write about things that are special that happen every day of the week or did I want to write about those moments of mundane happenings that are infused with a divine light that cause us to say, "aha!", God is present. After some thought I solved the matter by deciding to write about both things. And really, those concepts are intertwined; they are not mutually exclusive. This brings me to my next point regarding the photos above.
This morning I walked out into our yard to photograph the oak galls growing on our trees. I recently learned that oak galls are created by certain types of wasps burrowing into the different parts of the tree. They cause the oaks to grow these galls. The galls grow around the wasp larvae and protect it. When the wasp is ready to emerge they somehow make a hole in the gall and fly out. Other insects, birds and animals also use the galls for other purposes. There is quite a bit of interdependence going on here. The gall and wasp exist together. There is not one without the other. The acorns shown above have a similar purpose. They provide food for many birds and other animals but they also help the oak to reproduce. Sounds very basic I know but this for me is an example of both the "every day" and the "everyday". And it's exactly what I had in mind when I started this blog. Surely there must be a force and purpose behind the everyday things that we are privileged to witness every day.