Recently out for a morning walk, I noticed my neighbor's bushes filled with spider webs. The unusual construction caught my eye, backlit by the rising sun. I hurried on past, but on my way home later, I stopped to examine them more closely.
They looked like little upside down parachutes, including the first chute you pull to slow things down a little before pulling the main chute. and underneath the bigger chute I could see a small spider on each one.
I went home to retrieve my camera, and after getting a few pictures, headed for my computer to see if I could find out what this little creature was. Rather quickly I came across "bowl and doily" spiders - and they looked just like what I'd found.
So often things catch my eye or ear and it may register briefly, but I'm too busy with what I'm doing to stop and investigate. I don't look up words I come across, just figuring I get the gist of it from the context. I don't go look for the little moth in my book to see who's sharing our garden. I don't follow through to see what kind of work an artist has done when I hear their name for the first time. In this day of information overload, there's just too much to take it all in!
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Perhaps we should have taken a clue from the loud boisterous cry of the peacocks on arrival. The birds went into full display - the boys were fascinated. They also loved the beautiful turtles and tortoises, the baby ducks, the rabbits and the pot bellied pig. But it was peacock behavior that seemed to predominate over our time away.
Once we settled into our motel and they had a chance to explore their environs they delighted in the grounds and set up camp in the screen house in back. But they also quickly started competitions that lasted the whole trip: who gets the lawn chair near nana, who gets more green m&ms on their cookie, who can get to the bathroom first, etc. We got through the first day in pretty good shape.
The third day dawned with gorgeous sunny skies - still too chilly for swimming so we decided to pack up and hike a trail that leads to some beautiful little water falls. The boys were enthusiastic and hoped to find some salamanders along the trail. But they jockeyed to be the leader, took some tumbles, and couldn't stop vying for favored status in their own peculiar little ways. Perhaps they were a little homesick, but while they usually get along really well, this trip, they just couldn't stop bickering. Their sweeter sides were as hidden as the salamanders they so wanted to find.
There were some tender moments - a time when Landen said he wanted to sit next to Marcus because he loved him; a time when Marcus, when asked what the best part of the trip was, said "just all of us being together".
The pictures will show a wonderful time was had by all. And while I won't romanticize it and say it was all rosy, I hope that what will remain in memory are those funny and tender moments when we really were just happy to be together.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
It was easy to understand both the childrens' and parents' points of view: the ones who are so attracted to the colors, the small little treasures that they want for their very own; the others who are often juggling just how often they can give in to the desires that seem never ending.
I was dismayed at being a cause for family disharmony and felt I needed to come up with something that would make the next day go more smoothly for everyone.