|My favorite seasonal still life.|
In the meantime I have kiddos to thank for helping me slow down now and then. V is good at reminding me that sometimes I need to take time out to dance or watch the grass grow. This past week she had a friend over after school. I always welcome playmates not only because it's good for her as an only child to practice sharing her space and toys, but also because it usually means they can keep each other occupied while I get some things done around the house. Well, on Tuesday they just couldn't seem to get along on our home turf so I had no choice but to take them off premises to the playground at the lakefront. Just walking a couple of blocks on a beautiful day seemed to calm them a bit. After playing on the jungle gym they decided they wanted to throw rocks into the water at the beach. While they were doing so I had no choice but to sit quietly, observe, and help them find some cool rocks to take home. Part of me felt antsy and anxious because I knew I had a big to-do list at home, but part of me realized that THAT was all I really needed to be doing right then. It was all that mattered. My husband would forgive me if I didn't get dinner started on time, my garden would forgive me if I didn't get a seed in the ground that moment, and my fridge would forgive me if I didn't replenish its supply of homemade condiments.
|Finding skipping stones, fossilized rocks, sedimentary,|
"volcanic," writing rocks.
|We even found a fresh water crab claw|
|So much work to do writing in the sand, washing/painting|
rocks, skipping stones.
|Stop and smell the cherry blossoms.|