Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Exhausted and content, I reflect on another precious day spent with my fourteen month old granddaughter. Once a week, she and I enjoy an entire day together - just us two. We have the luxury of being in the moment - no schedule, nothing that must get done. We observe the birds descending onto the backyard feeders, attempting to mimic their songs. We stroll to the park for a ride on the swing, stopping to smell flowers and touch leaves on the trees along the way. We visit Boal Memorial, blowing kisses to Uncle Mike and Kelly. We pick salmonberries, huckleberries, and strawberries, delighting in them all. We snuggle up on the couch, reading books from her special cupboard in the den. We get soaked during water play, with cups and a filled tub on the grass, pausing to watch the occasional helicopter fly overhead. We wander down to the suspension bridge, crossing it hand in hand, 70 metres above the river - she, at times, stopping to dance. So sweet, so lovable, so alive - my heart nearly bursting in her presence.