Hello dear imaginary reader, as I had mentioned on earlier posts our family had a big weekend. Part of the fun was that Silly, one of Baby Girl’s roommate’s was able to head down from the nation’s capital to play with us. As Miss Silly was dragged into eastern antics with KB and I over the years, it was only appropriate that she begin her weekend with an overnight and road trip to Efforttown with K and PB. I am told it was a fun start to a good weekend.
We all survived the epic party, Sunday again as noted earlier was a slow one. Lots of people taking it easy and I played Mom cooking, cleaning and take care of everyone, one of my favorite things in the world! Yesterday as it was time for everyone else to head out to work, I got to spend alone time with Silly - something that I had never had the privilege of doing before. I prepared the pool early in the morning so she could have a quick swim, Ollie going on his frog hunt every morning is his favorite way to start the day. I must get one of those “frog logs” soon. Silly had her swim, Ollie only barking at her for part of the time, taking time to search for snakes, his second favorite past time. We are not sure what he would do if he ever caught one - lets hope that never happens.
As Silly was getting ready for the day I went out to check the flower pots and noticed something in the pool....one of our cute chipmunks had fallen in and drowned :(. This is a first for us, one that I hope never happens again.
Sil and I headed up to the local Arboretum, lived here for 17 years and this would be my first visit. Science and bugs, the science of bugs, biology of trees, trees with bugs - all things that Silly loves. I took her to a small peace of heaven for her. There were small reminders in several places that spurned her on to tell me stories of her home in the valley, as our visit wore on I could visibly see her relax. The joy on her face radiated with her smile.
Silly got her undergrad a year ago, travelled (we were lucky enough to meet up with her in Scotland, but that is another story), moved to the capital upon her return and got a job which is currently winding down. Some days it feels like our kids have known their paths for a while, they are kind of settled - now are grinding along. Silly has decisions to make and with her scientific mind - there is a process to be followed.
I got to witness the process - it was wonderful. I was lucky enough to be abel to walk and talk, laugh and cry with this amazing young woman yesterday. As she was teaching me yesterday about bugs and their cocoons in trees and plants, I got to watch her shed her cocoon. It was AWESOME! While experiencing the pressures of young adulting, deciding on a job offer that came yesterday, logistics ...she was able to see the wonder in the world. Heart break if some seed didn’t land properly and root, a caterpillar that would not complete its metamorphosis, through all this kid glowed!
I think dear imaginary reader, that sometimes I get got up in grind, the things that didnt work and let myself I get bogged down. I feel heavy and shaky on the tightrope. They say everything happens for a reason. Yesterday I got to see that even in rocky times, pressure, tough decisions - there is a way to find sunshine and joy.
Silly, thank you for taking time to smell the flowers with me yesterday. Keep growing kid, you got this.