Wednesday, August 15, 2012
mothers & daughters (august break)
Tomorrow Cowgirl starts second grade. Where did the summer go?! Hoping to squeeze the last bits of goodness out of the season, I took a week off. Oh, I had such plans for that week! But rather than dwell upon what I didn't wander into, I will focus upon what did happen in those seven days.
We slept without alarms;
we stayed in pajamas until 11 am;
I read lots of new poetry;
I am writing even more poetry (which is still too raw to share just yet ... but if you long to go deep into yourself, your past, your present - if you pine for an inner self massage - then may I suggest Poem It Out?);
Cowgirl & I read books together on the couch, on the bed;
we danced in the first rain in over a month;
we made pizza;
we danced to the medley of British Music during closing ceremonies in London;
we let go of routines and embraced play;
we improvised a lot of last minute meals;
On our last day together, we headed for the zoo which is the place where we spent so many days those first few months we were getting to know each other. I love how we have our rituals at the zoo: penguins first, then the butterflies, then feeding the carp. We watched the sea lions laze about their pool, still enjoying their summer it seems.
The zoo always seems to end with a snack and a hike up an incredible hill to the exit and the parking lot.
How I will miss these long days of sun and time to linger together. I am savoring each day she still wants to be by my side.