To Alex -

To Alex...who is far away in person, but never far from my heart. I miss you. Enjoy these snippets of everyday family life here in the states.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Put your heart into it!

I was taking pictures (as usual) of Sir S playing in the sprinkler this weekend and I noticed something peculiar. When kids play they put their whole heart and body into it, like when Sir S jumps through the water. The arms are extended, his belly is sucked in and his face is filled with determination when he's going airborne. As a test I tried running and jumping with him and, ya'know, I was far more reserved than he was. It's like I forgot how to have unreserved play. I might have to practice his style more often 'cause it sure looks like fun!

Does he look like he's having fun?

Let me explain the umbrella hat. The whole family is going camping in Grand Marais soon and Sir S's Uncle Dude said, "we have to bring the umbrella hats!" He has fond memories of our many camping trips to the Manistee River as a child and wearing these goofy hats while playing in the woods during the rain. My kids, Uncle Dude is one of them, were not deterred by inclement weather. I'm surprised the hats are in such good condition after all these years and so much use. Ah, yes, another generation to carry on the crazy traditions and forge new memories.

1 comment:

  1. I have an image of me standing atop the dunes looking down at grandma with one of those umbrella hats on, puttering - which I think is the verb that best describes her.