July 5, 2017

Time makes you bolder

Even children get older...

Summer is here. I have a stack of books to read, guests to entertain, children to feed. A forest view to enjoy, a mind free of thoughts of moving and packing and unpacking -- and instead of new beginnings this year it's just beginnings, middles, ends, in whatever order I choose.

I know where I am and who I am. Those two things haven't been in sync in a very long time.

Driving home from camp drop-off today I was thinking about how I still don't really know anyone here still, not in a deep sense, and yet I feel like I know myself better than I ever have. As a people-person, or as someone who has always been so shaped by the people around me, it's been beautiful and wonderful, adventurous to discover an identity that is not based on who I know. Spoiler alert, the surprise twist ending is that it makes your heart and mind open even wider.

my babies, 5 years ago
I had the kids recreate this photo from five years ago, three of the four were willing participants. I not so secretly hope they plan to continue this tradition every five years until the end of time.

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