Leaps of Love
Without reservation, this was one of the best candid days that we have had as a family in quite some time. Several moments throughout the day I remember telling myself, “File this memory away! Don’t forget what you were feeling right here, right now” Reflecting back on my experiences moves me in a way that humbles my effort to articulate a written expression tonight.
This morning we went out for breakfast, an adventure that is not routine thought always just that . . . a parenting voyage compelling of sheer bravery. Now that the kids are older they love to read the menu and put together their very own order. To which they personally speak to the server and preface by saying, “Can I please have the . . . “ and concluding with, “Thank you.” I cannot tell you just how proud I am of them when I watch them interact with such politeness. Chalk one up for us!
With our bellies full and the whole day ahead of us, we meandered the backroads. What does this look like for my family? Well – my husband drives with gawking tendencies as he seeks out whatever potential deals, hunting spots, or unknown treasures he can find. All the while the kids play I Spy or annoy each other to the point where a referee is required to calm the waters. Me? Well quite often I read. I always travel with a book of some kind. Today I was engrossed with The Unforgettable Photograph by George Lange. As we gander down the road, my love often points out, “Look at that house” or “Did you see that such and such.” For the most part, I look up and take in the sight that he has prompted, but other times I either look up to late or not at all. To which he will say, “You know, you miss so much of life around you.” This morning I flickered back a heartfelt (potentially a heat filled) comment, “No. I do not feel as though I am missing out on life around me. I am learning and enhancing the way I look at the life around me. I am soaking up the added knowledge this book has to offer me at this moment.” The white flag surrendered as he expressed, “I love you.” Later I put the book down and then proceeded to share how I view the world . . . sharing with him the artistic opportunity I see through my lens at any given moment. He smiles when I point out a landscape that I put on the list of future shots, but ultimately it is his smile that I take a snapshot of in my mind.
Upon finding our favorite stop for fresh cheese curds and navigating our way through the uncommon route back to town, we pulled into the parking lot of the local YMCA. The kids bounded out of the car! We were off for a family excursion of activity. First we found our way to the upper track, to which we found the kids going against traffic. After correcting their direction of travel, we set out to walk a mile together. We also played basketball and hung out in the youth lounge with our troops for a while. Our conversation unfolded throughout, but during that time I focused on how I felt in that moment. Spending time with my husband, sharing candid conversation about the kids and our future . . . there are no words for what it is to soak up the presence of your partner. He is my best friend, the absolute love of my life.
The moments that really stood out to me were the luminous smiles while capturing pictures of the kids playing out in the snow, but also the peaceful moment of the boys snuggled up with Dad. Nothing resonates love within the heart more than watching your son look up to a man who chooses to be there for them, to guide them and to love them as if they were his own. Listening to the story they shared was ironic as it talked about having their picture taken and lone behold, there I was . . . melting into the surroundings and capturing an image that will forever be treasured.
. . . moments of motherhood, melt my heart . . .
Today was wonderfully spent as a family. No agendas, no structure . . . just life . . . soaking up the moments while coaching the little ones in basketball, rolling in the snow as the kids were doing cannon balls toward me, and settling in for the night with Storytime. I cannot wait to see what tomorrow brings!