Mental Snapshots

Yesterday, after I finished making dinner, I took Kara to the library. My expectations of going anywhere usually disappear after about 3 in the afternoon, so I’m rarely outside when the sun sets. I picked a good day for it yesterday, though. On the way to the library, the sun was setting as a cold front was moving in. So the warm, orange-red light was reflecting off of the low-hanging clouds until the very air seemed to hold the color. The illusion was only strengthened by the beautiful fall colors everywhere, like the trees themselves were exuding the light.

There was a particularly striking moment, when one yellow tree stood in the foreground with a line of evergreens behind, and the sky and clouds framing it all.

And, of course, I didn’t have a camera with me—not even my phone.

Then Kara and I snuggled up in one of the big, comfy chairs at the library as the sunset faded in the large windows and the night rolled in, and we were warm and close and reading together.

What mental snapshots have you stored this beautiful season?

Kara Climbed a Tree

You may or may not remember, but one of Kara’s goals in life has been to climb a tree. About once a day, during random times like car trips, or bed time, or meal times, Kara would tell me, “I climb a tree someday.” Or, “I climb a tree when I get bigger.”

Well, yesterday evening, we were spending lots of time outside. The weather is cool and most of the bugs and spiders are gone. So I decided it was the day to make her dream come true.

DSCF1460She did so well! I put her up on the first branch and helped her get her legs up to the second, and then she was ready to go! As I climbed behind her to make sure nothing too terrible happened, she told me, “It’s not too scary,” as I watched her legs tremble. But my brave girl did it and wanted to do it again and again.

She looked confidently at me when we were going inside after the excitement and said, “I ride in airplane now!” (That’s her other life goal.)