Manchester, UK

Bitesize Wonders 11

I saw a house on fire a couple of days ago. It was the start of a new week or at least it was about to be. I’m a night owl by nature so being up at 2 am on the verge of a Monday morning is not that odd for me. I had just decided to turn the day off and tucked myself into my cosy bed ready to sail off to dreamland. My podcast of choice was playing softly on a 10-minute timer. My head had finally found the right comfortable position on the pillow.
In the corner of my mind, I was dreading my work hours already hoping I’d wake up to a Monday that wouldn’t feel like one. It was about the same time I heard what sounded like a woman’s voice screaming words I couldn’t quite make out from a distance.

I wonder what they’re fighting about at this time of the night”, I thought to myself assuming the chaos was caused by a brawl at my neighbour’s place. I was certain the noise would stop soon. It didn’t.

I noticed a light blinking through my blinds and decided to finally get out of bed to check out what it was. It did not take long for me to process the horrible sight I was witnessing. Right across the street from mine, a couple of rows down there was a house burning down. The flames were high; in the darkness, it looked as though they touched the clouds, and the smoke engulfed the air.

I quickly called the fire services who after confirming my address advised they were already on the way which was a relief. Just a few seconds after their cars were rushing to the scene. In what felt like a couple more seconds, my mum and I watched through the windows as the flames were put out. We were left wondering if there was anybody in that house and if they were okay…

I tossed and turned a little more than usual that night and the scene stayed on my mind the entire week.

It was a reminder of many things. All things we push to the back of our minds so we can live a little lighter. There was much to take note of. I kept thinking about how quickly life can change overnight – literally. Things could be lost forever in an instance. It’s also difficult to face the fact that sometimes you don’t get second chances.

I guess, this week it wasn’t hard to capture Bitesize Wonders because frankly, they were everywhere. Everything that occurred felt like a gift and every outcome a blessing. I started the week with a visual I wish I hadn’t seen, but a reminder to be grateful for where I am in life right now and the things I have. The hardest pill to swallow is that things in life can go up in smoke at any time so nothing can nor should be taken for granted.

As it’s become a tradition on Sundays, it’s time I share some moments of pure joy I noticed, pocketed and appreciated this week. Here are the things that made me even one ounce of happy – my Bitesize Wonders:

What were some moments that made you stop in gratitude? Feel free to share your Bitesize Wonders below.

Your restless romantic roamer

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