kicking through falling leaves
and hearing them crunch
sitting in the hot tub and then sitting in it again and again
moving from the hot tub to the bed
eating and drinking all sorts of food that
i really shouldn't but just wanted to anyhow so i did.
watching "breakfast club" with hannah and owen
and remembering just how tricky it is to be a teenager
working in my art journal,
taking two days to arrange a pile of chairs on top of each other
with a glue stick
playing card games with everyone
and driving Thad to distraction
with my relaxed card playing ways
just sitting and listening and being present with my family
cuddling on the most comfortable bed in the world
with hannah, owen and gid
having the grace to listen, just listen
allowing everyone the space to do as they needed
be that sleep, talk, eat, play, read.
celebrating owen's birthday with the quietest of gratitude
for the amazing man he is.
watching the peacocks
not taking even one photo.
being disconnected from facebook and internet and email
and enjoying that "forced" break
for the kids as well.
being woken up to a torrential rain fall
and then experiencing rain and hot tub together.
slowly easing into the return to home
and the realities of what the week will hold.
i am grateful for the rest.