Thursday, March 31, 2011

Out Like a Lamb

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True to its adage, the last day of March was gloriously mild. The flow of activity outside our house was gentle, content, and deliciously warm.

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We picnicked under this sky.

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The girls spun each other into dizzy circles punctuated with fits of laughter as they skid and tumbled onto the grass.

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Ali sunned herself on a favorite perch.

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Sami picked double handfuls of violets and honeysuckle so she could float them in bowls of water.

I inspected the progress of our daffodils. Fascinating, isn't it, to watch them all bundled tight but lengthening by the day?

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Ellis Peters wrote, "Every spring is the only spring - a perpetual astonishment."

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The sight of my shadow made me happy. And all that undiluted sun on our skin worked a subtle kind of magic. Everyone was happy and gentle with each other for the rest of the day.

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Eliza made mud soup.

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Sami and Ali found sticks and began to dig. (I love her "I am unique" badge - from preschool. It stayed on all day long.)

Spencer and Gordon tossed dirt into buckets of gathered treasures (twigs, rocks and leaves).

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Thank goodness Spring never skips her turn. It was the loveliest of days - just being outside with my children.

"In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt." - Margaret Atwood

Well, we did.

Come on in April. We've been waiting for you.

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