Sunday, November 09, 2008

November 9th, 2008

No excuses. Sorry. My days are so full, I forget to blog until I'm actually too tired to do it. I need to stop spending 15 minutes on Facebook, and spend it here instead.

Garrett is walking. It's crazy and amazing and exhausting. He has this new sense of independence and curiosity. He laughs so much and now and it's like this new, more powerful laugh. Like, "I can walk, Lady! You are so screwed!"

Today I was a bit on the tired side after throwing a baby shower over the weekend. I really had no desire to get dressed, put on makeup, or move. But having a child will force you up off the couch if for no other reason than to give him a sense that there is something to this world, other than the inside of your house.

The incredible thing is, with a kid you need not venture very far for excitement. Just a few steps outside your front door is a whole world of... Newness.

It was crisp and chilly outside today. It felt like Fall had finally arrived and there was a slight wind. I put on Garrett's sweatshirt and shoes and we went out front. For the first time, we went for a walk with no stroller. It was short, just a few doors down, but it was spectacular. As we walked, I wished I had a video camera strapped to my forehead so I could watch it over and over again. He held my finger with his hand and took big steps, stopping to pick up a leaf for himself, and one for me. Sitting on the sidewalk occasionally to grab a stick or a rock, or put his hands in the grass. I could tell he was loving the sun and wind on his face and the way it felt to walk in those shoes.

When we got back home, I got his firetruck and brought it outside for the first time. He got in, and I pushed him around in it for a while.

The whole thing lasted about 30 minutes and then we went back inside, took off our sweatshirts and shoes, and resumed our indoor activities. I love days like today. Lazy days where the only thing to do is figure out something simple that will make Garrett happy which, in turn, makes me happy.

Once again, I am grateful and I feel so very, very blessed. I wish I could bottle this feeling and drink from it every day later on in life. And I wish I could save some for Garrett just in case he forgets how beautiful life can be.


Blogger Bowler Hat Productions said...

Bummed I'm a day late but on the way home I knew you'd finally written in your blog for some reason. This, to me, was almost prose-like, too. Just gorgeous. Thanks for putting me at ease after five hours of driving.

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mothers all, if only we were in charge of this world!

Life might not be fair, but there is, pure and simple beauty all around us, thank you, Garrett, for reminding us, again.

Love, AL

8:23 PM  

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