Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Moved in the stillness

After dinner, I looked out the window. The sun had dipped below the horizon until all that was left of it were pink and orange streaks making arcs and bubbles in the sky.

Without saying a word to my family, I passed through the doorway, crossed the patio and collapsed into the hammock to watch the spectacle of dusk. Just a moment of peace after a busy day.

I'd been outside hardly a minute when my husband opened the back door, letting the Junebug out.

"Mommee-ee-ee-ee!" he squealed as he ran to me.

"He wondered where you were," my husband said, who stayed inside and closed the door.

I pulled the Junebug onto the hammock next to me, and soon the Man-cub joined us. I was flanked by little boys.

"That looks like a rainbow!" the Man-cub said, looking at the same marvel of sky.

I smiled and squeezed them close to me, one of my arms around each boy.

Time slowed down. I remember the rising and falling of breathing. I remember the Junebug's baby-fine hair whisping across my cheek like a feather. I remember the individual fronds of the palm trees, looking almost black in silhouette against the sunset in the west, moving together and yet individually in the breeze. Even the rarely-still Man-cub melded next to me in the quiet. We listened to the local high school band practicing -- starting and stopping in such a way it could have been just another cricket.

And we watched the sky, like an Impressionist painting in motion.

It was probably only a few minutes, but it may as well have been an hour.

It's great to do just nothing with my guys.

Yet even while we were doing nothing, I was completely moved.

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Blogger Keetha Broyles said...

Oh my goodness - - - hubby needs to be strung up for not letting you have your peaceful moment all to yourself - - - - just this once!!!


October 26, 2011 at 4:20 PM  
Anonymous DJ said...

Sometimes you can still find peace and quiet, yet not be alone.
Glad you shared some peace together with your boys. I love those moments.

October 26, 2011 at 10:47 PM  
Blogger Helene said...

Those are definitely the moments of motherhood which I treasure, as well!!!!

October 26, 2011 at 11:41 PM  
Blogger Life As I Know It said...

I think these are the moments we remember forever. Beautiful.

October 27, 2011 at 9:20 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Swanepoel said...

Love this post!! And isn't it AWESOME when normally rambunctious preschoolers hold still for a few minutes of snuggling?

October 28, 2011 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger LceeL said...

Nice that you had that special moment with your sons - but it might have been nice, as well, had hubby been thoughtful enough to give you some time to yourself.

On the other hand, perhaps he used the time to get some work done in the bathroom - or the kitchen. In which case he MIGHT be forgiven.

October 28, 2011 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Madeline said...

Awww..I love this! I wasn't even there, and I'm moved!

November 4, 2011 at 11:03 PM  
Blogger Caterina said...

*sigh* You have a HAMMOCK!!!


November 10, 2011 at 7:51 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

oh how I wish I could bottle up moments like this and pull them out on days my kids are being less then perfect....if only to remember that once in a while we have a good day.

Thanks for capturing this moment with your words!!!!

November 29, 2011 at 6:41 PM  

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