There's an urgency not to let one warm day pass because all too soon it's going to be chilly and darker, meals will be heavier and warmer, clothes will be layered, walks will be a little more hurried.
As the warm breeze filled the kitchen last night after dinner, I roused my two littles and urged them to come with me for a walk. We loaded up J's bike and despite the kitchen still untouched from our meal, we went outside.
I needed that. I listened to my body when it reacted to the smell of the trees and the touch of the wind on my arms. I knew I needed to be outside in it and let go of everything that had happened to me yesterday. The kids needed it too. We would push bedtime 15 minutes later and enjoy a warm evening.
The trails are my favorite, I love that they bustle with people because I'm not looking for solitude, I am looking for solidarity. Other parents out walking with their children. Other people who felt the need to get out and enjoy the evening.
Big breaths. Be present. Let my shoulders relax and feel my chest rise and fall. Mindfulness. Being in the moment and not in my problems. Holding my daughters hand and feeling it in mine. We come home renewed and happier for taking the time to live.
|no filter needed.|
|searching for a bull rush|
|she's so vibrant she skips and runs everywhere|
|a helpful push up a big hill|
|I just love this walk|
|J said "look mom, I bet that's heaven"|
|"hurry up mom"|
|my favorite feeling|