The perfect spring day

Confession: Last week, despite my pleasant chat about tasty foods, was the infernal underworld for missing my son. He is away on a long canoe trip with his group, so we’re not getting letters and I keep thinking about alligators and capsizing and oh, Lord, how I miss him. Between that and hormones, I became, briefly, the kind of person who would like to bite chunks out of people. And then laugh.

Imagine the profound sense of relief I felt (perhaps I should say, my family felt) when this week, life turned a corner. I cried with friends. I talked to Ryan. I spent time luxuriating in the sun.

Against such a backdrop, yesterday was the most lovely of quiet spring days. I’ll show you.

I went for a long walk with this charming young lady. And we ate our lunch on the porch.

Hers: plain food, just the way she likes it.

Mine: a kingly salad with greens, red peppers, grapes, cucumber, strips of beef, hard-boiled eggs, cheddar.

Sometimes the beauty grows in other people’s lawns…

…and sometimes in my own.

Did you know that this is my house?

And here are my favorite toes, in her favorite socks.

We are doing almost everything together these days; she is hanging tight to Mama. If I turn around, I bump into her.

I took another walk through the beautiful Allegheny College campus, while Kelly had her piano lesson. Two people looked into my eyes and smiled.

Dinner was Mongolian Beef Ramen… a new favorite around here.

I could live in this climate and weather for months. It will probably only last three days.

So bye. I am going out for another walk.


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Bethany Eicher
5 years ago

“Between that and hormones, I became, briefly, the kind of person who would like to bite chunks out of people. And then laugh.”

Oh! Halleluia!! I’m not the only Brought-Up-Mennonite, Supposed-To-Be-A-Christian woman who experiences this strange, unholy feeling! ?

Priscilla F.
5 years ago

Was looking for the link to the Mongolian Beef Ramen… 😉 And may your momentary perfect climate, if not lasting more than 3 days, at least swing back in for a second time ’round, giving you nearly a week of perfection. Springtime blessings to you and your loved ones!

5 years ago
Reply to  Shari Zook

Oh good! I was going to ask for it too!

5 years ago

I love spring flowers! Yours are pretty and daffodils are one of my favorites. I hope you enjoyed your walk with your little sweetie!
And having a good cry with friends is so refreshing.

Well there have been a few times lately where I’ve wanted to as my mother used to say ” snatch someone baldheaded”. Definitely not a holy feeling but it does display my humaness.

5 years ago
Reply to  Regina S

I know someone who eats popcorn when she’s angry… It gives her something to chew. 😉 So maybe the food posts were a good diversion. Long live the spring! Prayers!

5 years ago

I’m not sure if anything can soothe my soul like spring weather. And I need to show Art your confession about laughing over the chunks you bit out of people. Just so he knows I’m not the only one.

5 years ago

Sometimes I comment just to see if it’s working.

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