We were all having a 'bad day' today & finally I'd had enough. We put on our boots & headed for a hike. As I paced behind the kids, my breath went deeper & my mind went quieter.
They saw a heart shaped puddle together on the other side & yelled with excitement to me, asking if they could go over & play in the puddle. At first, a part of me was still stuck inside our walls & wanted to complain about the mud coming in the house, but my softened heart didn't. I saw their joy & just said, 'Sure.' And off they went bounding immediately. I leaned against a Black Walnut & observed, so damn grateful they reminded me of the healing power in fresh air, Autumn palettes, & of course, the mud. -AJ