Day 5 - A Great Way to Start the Day
Violet is in the habit of repeating me. It's one of those endearing things about parenthood, when you listen in to your children playing alone in their room, and you hear your own voice echoed back to you in fantasy and toy stories. The mother stuffy tells the dolly to be kind and gentle, and if she doesn't eat her peas there will be no dessert tonight.
Now that's she's getting older, she's starting to reiterate bigger ideas. Lately, because I've been somewhat consumed in my own spiritual journey, I've noticed she's picking up on things in the background and presenting them to me, and hearing your own advice through another's ears is always a valuable experience.
This morning I took her on a hike. I needed time, as I've recognized more and more lately, to be that free-spirited version of myself in order to stay balanced. And my husband tried to coax her to let me have some Mommy time. "Just let your mom have a little walk by herself. She needs time, too, you know." But this time, I wanted her to come. I adore my forest walks - they are vital nourishment for my soul - and on this sunny morning I thought what better way to enjoy it than with some vibrant, enthusiastic company.
And it was an awesome decision. She plunged into the hike and up the rocks like a mountain goat, lost in her own version of an adventure that I only partly understood. Someone was chasing us. There was a mission to be completed, and it involved very specific ways of manipulating our way up the trail. Don't step here, leap over there, hide behind this, jump over that. And when we heard the rushing sound of runoff in the distance, the quest to find the river became a do or die scenario.
It was pure bliss for me as we navigated through warm, filtered sunlight amidst the trees. And she made it further than expected, all the way to the viewpoint I was desperate to get to , to seize the morning and remember the joy of living in this ridiculously beautiful town.
"This is a great way to start the day, Mommy," she said to me as we returned home. "Walking in the forest is how we should start everyday. It's better than coffee."
Ain't she smart. Wonder where she gets it.