I’ve been a little absent on the internet this week and a little more present in real life. Not a bad feeling. Meg Keene’s recent piece about taking a weekly break and being more present in real life – like lying in the hammock with her baby instead of pinning images of other people’s gardens – really resonated with me. That’s not to say I’m planning to totally unplug on weekends, but it’s kind of nice to pull back sometimes.
We bought a lawnmower this weekend – which I now realize was our first major joint home purchase! Matt put it together while I raked and pulled weeds and co-supervised E and the neighbor kids as they ran between our yards. It feels good getting back into the spring yardwork groove, and we have a lot to do this month.
It’s been fun lately, with the weather warming, to watch as E becomes buddies with T and B, our neighbor’s children – a brother and sister close in age with E, whose dad Matt has known since childhood. Little T is cut from the same cloth as E, and recently told me, “I am FAST! Like a race car!” He then proceeded to run at top speed around my yard, twice, before coming back and yelling, “I am the FASTEST!”
And it was big sister B who, last weekend, noticed a loose board on our deck and approached Matt, hands on hips saying, “Um, excuse me, E’s dad? There is a step that needs to be fixed.”
Why yes, kiddo. There is.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend!
PS – Speaking of all the funny things kids say, these anecdotes from Alivia’s young dance students had me cracking up!