Friday, November 07, 2008

leap of faith

We discovered an exciting new game today: Oak leaf catching. It's kind of the autumn version of catching snowflakes on your tongue.

While walking home through the meadow from my mom and dad's, the air was filled with dancing leaves. Some were floaty. Some were like projectiles. All swirled, twirled, dived, ducked and eventually came to rest on the ground.

We chased the leaves until we were out of breath and giddy.

You had to have good instincts and even better luck to actually catch them. Esther was really good at it. Me, not so much. Isla just ran in circles shouting, "I got one, I got one." The power of positive thinking.

It was hard to tell if the leaves just couldn't hang on anymore, or if they chose to simply let go, take that leap of faith, and fly.

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Emma said...

Sounds like you had a lovely afternoon chasing the leaves. Thanks for a enjoyable post- I needed something to lift my spirits today. We are facing an uncertain next few weeks.

mooserbeans said...

I think we'll try it this weekend:)

Supervised Mama said...

I absolutely adore your writing! Your my favorite on Momformation. Your posts have such a magical element!

Emma said...

Thanks so much for your kind comment over on my blog Betsy. I really appreciate it.

Brooke Groelle said...

Sounds so beautiful!!!!

Betsy said...

I highly recommend it as an affordable outdoor activity. It has all the elements of an organized sport, excitement, competition, endurance...:)

Emilyplays said...

What great photos! You've captured a special spirit of Fall!
Ahem, the banner photo?! May I offer a little resizing assistance again? :)

I haven't been over here to visit in awhile, but have been keeping up at Momform. Your writing has such an lyrical truth when dealing with the nitty-gritty world of parenting. I always look forward to your posts!

Betsy said...

Thanks for your kind words, Emily. And, ahem,my banner photo. Help! I have no idea how to size it. Still helpless in that department. Keep thinking I'll find the time to research it, but never do. Have at it.

Betsy said...

Emily: if you come back here, I can't seem to post a comment on your blog. Just FYI. Looks like you are in the thick of it with your renovation project.

Andrea Frazer - Pass the Zoloft said...

Ah, as Supervised Mama says, you do have such a magical quality about your writing. I love your homey take on life and how, even if it might be hard to still your own revved up spirit, you take time to enjoy the water, the leaves and all the wonder of childhood.
PS: Your girls are equally as beautiful as my Pip. I think they'd really like each other. Though Pip would have to learn how to get into a pond with her leopard skin bikini. I assume your daughter's have patience.

Andrea Frazer - Pass the Zoloft said...

GET OFF. GET OFF. GET OFF. YOU CAN DO THAT. Now if only I can convince myself.

Hell, I'm LEAVING NOW. No more until after kids are in bed.

Hugs. You rock. You need to write a book. You are a great mother. You have a great figure post children. You are not as old as you think.

There's your validation for the day.