Nick, 5: (Sighing, looking at the cat...) "I wish Skittles could have babies."
Beth, 10: "Yeah they would be cute, wouldn’t they?"
Nick: "Okay, let’s be quiet now and let her rest so she can lay her eggs."
Then the next day, this little ditty:
Nick (to self): "The day before tomorrow is…today!"
***I'm really going to miss when Nick's thoughts are not so innocent, so fresh and full of discovery with a slightly altered understanding of reality. I love the simplicity with which children think through the world around them. I don't mean to say children are simpletons. Indeed, their thoughts are quite complex, philosophical even. But if only we could all approach life with such wonder.
My weekend started out on a lovely note. I was able to meet one of my local blogging friends for the first time. So many of the blogs I read are written by people I can't easily meet face to face, so the chance to experience a real encounter with someone becomes a special treat.
Vicky of Westra World. She's the mother of two busy boys and is a very nice gal. We even learned we have connections through some of the mutual people we know (and know people we know). (Singing the "It's a Small World" theme now...) Our lunch took place at a restaurant overlooking the Red River of the North, and included a fun show of squirrels frolicking through the Winter Wonderland outside, as viewed from our window seat.
While I'm at it, a shout-out to another of my local blog pals, Marie. Marie and I had our first-time encounter around this same time of year in 2008. Recently, her husband took a bit of a winter dive while trying to string Christmas lights, partly to appease their young son, Murray, and injured his back. I'm so proud of Marie for how she's been handling what is certainly a crisis within their family right now. Visit her at Murray's Momma.
To the rest of my blogging friends near and far, thanks for brightening my life with your kind sentiments and enjoyable posts. And to you readers-only out there, you, too, are very appreciated. Thanks for stopping by and either leaving comments or sending an email with your thoughts.
A re-cap to the rest of the weekend. I had the most wondrous Friday evening taking in my very first Concordia College Christmas concert with my daughters and one of their friends. True to form, I began shedding tears of awe and appreciation about five minutes into the program. Thankfully, it was in the dark at that point and I was able to quietly wipe them away. I've said it before and likely will again: I'm a huge sap. I feel deeply, and among those feelings are profound gratitude and joy when I'm a witness to God's beautiful creation. Likewise, my heart stirred when my daughters joined me in being cantors for Mass Saturday evening, and as I helped celebrate the 50th year of life of a friend Saturday night (and experiencing the fun birthday rap another friend wrote and produced for said party).
Q4U: What beautiful thing struck you with awe in recent days?