I never could have predicted the full range of raw emotion that motherhood would elicit. Protectiveness – sure, I expected that. Yet I’m finding the line between meeting their every need and catering to their momentary wants. Watching them play, my heart swells with both excitement at the fun they’re having, at the memories being built.
Then I see the longing in his eyes as he scans the area for one of the coveted fishy squirt toys. Looking to the water, his eyes quickly survey the sad scene that all the toys have been claimed. (I can’t help but point out the full net in the background of this picture!).
Then he spies a fellow water-parker with some fishies in her net. The little expression on his face and my memory of how nonchalantly he hoped to get his hands on one of those toys, makes me want to laugh and cry. I’m so thankful and proud that he wasn’t knocking kids over to get what he wanted, yet I desperately want only the best for my precious kids. Shortly after this moment, I went on the search myself. When I returned with a terrific purple octopus, I was already awaiting the excited squeals. Much to my surprise, he dismissed it with barely a second glance and continued longing for a fish. It had to be a fish.
I realized then, though it’s a lesson I’ve far from mastered, that my role in this life, my job and awesome responsibility, isn’t always to provide the very thing that gives them temporary joy. Rather, in the face of disappointment and desire, to lead them through those impulses and toward a more lasting fulfillment. Today, these are both my very best shots.
Earlier this year, we took a trip to Meijer Gardens to see their butterfly exhibit, and just shy of heading outside to explore, it started raining, so we headed home. It wasn’t until later this summer that I discovered the treasure that is the Children’s Garden! A few friends and I met for a playdate and I knew we had to go back. As our final weekend of summer, we headed their the Friday of Labor Day weekend to take in the last days of the Alexander Calder art exhibit. While he isn’t necessarily Calder’s namesake, it’s still too cool to miss!
If you think a little thing like not being able to walk is stopping her from literally soaking up all the fun she could possibly have…well, you’ve got another thing coming! Little Miss had a fantastic time. I can only imagine how much fun she’ll have throughout the coming year!
I spent too much time getting just the right picture in front of the Calder sculpture at the Gardens….and was thrilled with this result. It was only after several minutes of shooting (while Garth and Seneca walked ahead) that we learned this wasn’t in fact, a Calder. *sigh* Regardless, I have to say I love these two shots!
Playing with my new zoom lens…and The American Horse sculpture was a pretty sweet subject!
My finger was just itching to snap a few dozen pictures of the amazing artifacts we saw at the exhibit, but understandably, photographs are not allowed. Thankfully, there was a hands-on aspect to the exhibit where it was permissible to snap some pictures…I love the concentration here as he constructs his own mobile.
I suppose this is more a Wordful Wednesday than Wordless Wednesday, but either way….hope yours is happy!