Today we took our 3 yr old “Disney Princess in training” to the park. An excellent plan for a warm, breezy Lowcountry October day. She ran, swang, turned the playhouses into her castles, and doctor clinic (she may be a princess…but she has plans for being a very helpful and busy princess), and of course…Moana’s outrigger, because she had lost Māui and as soon as we found his hook he’d be right back.
The simple joys of childlike wonder and imagination.
She went down to examine the pond…a green bit of marsh filled with the aquatic wonders of the south…fish, crawdads, turtles, and, of course, the occasional alligator. She was certain, as Moana AND a Princess, she ‘needed’ to go right up to the edge and order Māui out of there. Removal of princess from the pond resulted in the obligatory, very dramatic sobbing. When asked what she was crying about she looked up with wide eyes and explained: “I am heartbroken. YOU have…BROKEN…my heart.”
It was all I could do not to laugh. So serious. THIS is a Princess growing before our very eyes into a world class Drama Queen.
Ah childhood…wouldn’t miss these moments for the world.
Today started with an extra fun bonus… it was Walk Your Kids to School day. An effort to encourage our children (and a whole lot of parents from the looks of it) to get out of the car and get some fresh air and exercise.
We parked about a mile from the school and joined a group of other parents and kids headed for the elementary school. A few minutes in it was obvious I have raised a ‘real’ walker as he grew impatient with the casual strolling surrounding us. What is the point if you can’t stretch your legs and get some energy pumping? Got to admit, he had a point. After I dropped him at the school, I got to walk back alone…and minus the constraints of escorting the kids…I was off and power walking the way the kids and I have all their lives, even when they were in strollers. I cut across to avoid trampling those enjoying a more leisurely pace, got to enjoy the cool autumn air, see deer grazing in the cemetery, egrets wading the edge of the marsh, and celebrate the joy of just being alive.
Afterwards, it was off to my friend’s house for a bit more landscaping…and rolling her huge room size oriental rug and carrying it outside, where it was unrolled for a good cleaning prior to her parents’ arrival for a visit.
The rest of the day sped past in a flurry of menial but unavoidable errands but tonight is warm, peaceful and quiet. I finished it with a nice long walk under the full moon.
Life is good.
Another weekend slipped past but wonderfully marked the beginning of Daylight Savings Time. It is, this year as always, a devisive subject. For myself, and sun lovers like me, it should be permanent and never change back. This is the proper time. My children get to go to school in the light of the new day…not in darkness (which really isn’t safe as well as rather cruel, to make kids get up andf go off into the darkness every morning) and when they come home instead of it being dusk before they can change and get outside… they have another hour to play and run and …oh yes America! run off both energy and calories. People need daylight. It is good for us. Helps us sleep better, keep us healthy. And Daylight Savings means more people see more light. This is a very good thing.
Meanwhile here in the Lowcountry things got so much warmer. Beautiful glorious sunny days in the 80s. Green grass. Flowers in bloom. BEES! Always so very happy to see the bees. My pear tree is in bloom and there they are…happily gathering pollen, bringing me a new crop of pears.
And so spring comes to the Lowcountry…bit by bit. A little more sunshine. A whisper of bees’ wings. Flowers and grass and the call of the ocean. It is so welcome here.