Thursday, April 10, 2014

Taking the day off

We used today as a day off. It was beautiful outside. I opened up windows and aired out the house. The dog stayed outside all day, tongue lolling and tail wagging. I found a ball in the yard--a remnant from a former family. I threw the ball, and our girl went running after it. A year ago, she didn't know what to do with it. A year ago, she barely knew how to play. Now she's a full-fledged dog ... this is what freedom looks like--the ability to be what you were created to be, and be it without apology.

I threw the ball again and she ran. The kids and I clapped and cheered, and she did extra laps around us for sport.

I walked out front with Erin and we looked at the hyacinth poking up, and the daffodils all sun-soaked yellow. We went into the big garden and uncovered the primrose from fall leaves. I have a lot of outside work to do, but today was a day off. Erin sat in my arms on the rocking bench and we chatted. I looked into her eyes and noticed the freckles across her nose. Seven seems so big and so little at the same time.

Lanie ran out later to join us. I grabbed a few pictures of the girls before they went off adventuring: Erin in a skirt and bare feet; Lanie long and lean.

her hair smelled like sunshine


Soon all the trees will be lush with leaves and my kids' laughter will bounce and echo playfully through the woods.

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