Her quick steps lightly skip across the pavement, beckoning me to hurry and catch up. We dash down the gravel path and round the corner to the museum entrance. Her face is aglow as she realizes that the words I spoke this morning, the promise made of places yet to be seen, really did come true.
Days come and go quickly and sometimes, seasons change abruptly. I can recall some early September mornings when the air grew cold overnight and you wake up and dig in your drawer for the wool socks much sooner than expected. It can feel a little bit like the earth is betraying you – summer hasn’t lingered quite long enough and suddenly, the cold creeps in and steals your last warm sunsets away.
But after a bit, you relax a little. Pull your sweater around snug and cup your mug of tea with your hands, feeling the warmth transferring and transforming.
The cold is doing its job.
If we remained stagnant forever, what would life be? How would we grow and how limited would our perspective be? In the end, we are thankful for the changing seasons.
January 1st. Just a day. It could be any day. But this day has ushered in a new season for me. Nothing has really changed around me, but I have chosen to embrace what is.
Being more present to my children, finding time to reflect and plan, and being more intentional and mindful with my time has opened up so many possibilities for this year already.
I am dreaming again.
Today, this meant embracing the odd schedule my son’s classes are and devoting that time to my daughter. We went to the local children’s museum and played together, and I reveled in watching her role play and problem solve and practice her social skills.
We walked to the art museum and catching a glimpse of the wonder in ehr eyes and hidden pleasure as she listened to the very sweet woman who, with joy, guided her to a whimsical woodland scene. Time at the library together, and before we knew it, time was up and we picked up her brother.
I was starting to feel like the drive and the time “stuck” in the area was a complete inconvenience in my life.
But just a small shift of perspective reveals that truly it was a beautiful opportunity.