Life is a passion project worthy of spacious contemplation. I loved the book 'Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living' by Krista Tippett. She writes beautifully about being a parent AND a fascinated witness to the metamorphosis of adolescence. And she is choosing to turn that same curiosity to the physical, mental and spiritual metamorphosis that comes in the second half of life. Wisdom - Integrity - Beauty 🦋
Reality check over here
Mesmerized by the late-afternoon light on the lake and trees, I kept thinking of a Rorschach Test: Used by some psychologists to examine a person's personality characteristics and emotional functioning. I think old growth forests are good for emotional functioning.
For the second weekend in a row the kiddos and I trekked into the wilds with hard-core gear and dehydrated food! This time with Auntie Tez visiting from California to discover the magic of the Midwest’s old growth forest, pristine lakes, black flies and July humidity. We came out of the woods with strong opinions about dehydrated food and plans for our next trip!
I am smitten with these unusual beauties. What are their names? I wish I knew, but love them nameless, no matter.
“Balance is not a passive resting place - it takes work, balancing the giving and the taking, the raking out and the putting in.” - Robin Wall Kimmerer
Kudos to the kids for keeping it real. We loaded everything onto backs and bikes. The back country trails were beautiful and on the edge of being too hard. Zadie disappeared with the kid-pack while Willa and I rode at our own pace. ‘Ride your own ride.’ She fell twice but her spirits were great, until they weren’t. The trail to find our campsite continued longer than anyone anticipated, getting narly and narrow with nonstop roots, rocks and brambles. ‘Black diamond!’ the oldest kid said. When Willa broke down in tears it was full on, and I tried to be a good mother, but parenting in those moments was not straightforward. I wondered at our sanity and the ways we are pushing our seven -year-old, maybe too hard. But the next morning, watching her wild and happy, embracing the down time in the woods, with nowhere to go and nothing to do, I’m reassured it might settle into a memory of courage, bravery, and pride - for all of us.
“Ceremonies large and small have the power to focus attention to a way of living awake in the world.” - Robin Wall Kimmerer