Good afternoon from beautiful, sunny Bedford, Nova Scotia!
It has been a kooky week and I have been feeling positively mute.
That is to say, I had nothing nice to say, so I was saying nothing. (It’s in the manifesto, so…)
It was for the best, really.
Now, here we are a full week later and I can honestly say that even though some things are still “kooky” I feel much better now.
It’s Easter! It’s Spring! It’s sunny! The world is filled with newfound joy that comes each year on this day. The Easter Bunny found us and brought lots of nice chocolate for Thing 1 & Thing 2, some fun and unique old fashioned candy treats and a few new sunny weather items. There’s nothing like some new sidewalk chalk, sunglasses and a fedora to make everything right in the world of a child. (and a parent*… seriously.. gleefully happy with the fedoras!)
All day I have had a song in my head. It’s my happy, springtime, hopeful song. May I share?
Okay. First though, you should know that these lyrics have been ingrained in my brain since I was about 12 (Thing 1’s age!) and the reason I know them is because I was blessed to have an amazing, smart, funny, excellent, musically talented, music teacher, choir director (and later, English Lit. teacher (See? Awesome, right?), but I digress..) when I was a kid!
Isn’t it reassuring? Watching the buds appear?
Isn’t it great? Spring to await!
Watchin’ the landscape rejuvenate! Oh,
Doesn’t it lift your spirit? Doesn’t make you glad?
Isn’t it keen? Viewin’ the scene!
Watchin’ the grass turn green!
The winter’s gone now and the snow!
Seeds burstin’ below!
Cold’s over at last!
And everything’s starting to grow!
Doesn’t it make you happy? Doesn’t it make you see?
Part of the plan, given to man,
ever since time began?
But nevertheless, I can confess, just between you and me,
That it’s good to see it happening, so nice to see it happening
So great to see it happening
And reassuring toooooo!
Easter, always seems to bring with it the exact kind of weather Easter deserves. It comes just in the nick of time after a long winter and this year, quite frankly, a rather sketchy start to spring.
Today was a great day to be outside, so after all the Easter Bunny shenanigans and a nice brunch, that is exactly where we went. We headed to one of our favourite local parks, near the water, and played, walked, wandered, explored, enjoyed nature, collected shells and rocks, took pictures and made friends with a snail!
Despite the earlier stresses of the week, I had a great time. I really am a nature baby. I need it. So do my Thing 1 and Thing 2. I would argue so do *all* of you, too, if pressed. I will try not to be too bossy, though, and just strongly suggest that if you missed an outing today you have a shot at another tomorrow. (Don’t make me come over there. Go outside and play!)
Thing 1 & Thing 2 love this play structure.
Thing 2 sliding a new way. You can’t do these “tricks” at school!
Thing 1 was sideways seconds before the camera *clicked*.
Bedford Basin is Beautiful.
Some nice, flat stones for skipping.
Exploring at the water’s edge.
Looking for that elusive “perfect” flat rock.
Three little snail pals on a big rock.
That’s a skip!
Lots of ducks in the Basin today. Some were *ahem* dating.
Can you see the pretty opalescent colours inside this mussel shell?
Thing 2 ready to launch.
I really love it here. Truly.
Trees make me happy.
One last swing trick!
Thing 1 made this little rock sculpture.
And reassuring, toooo!
So, tell me, how was your day? Do you celebrate Easter? Are you celebrating Passover? Are you happy it’s spring and the weather is finally starting to show it?
*The Easter Bunny was very kind, as he is every year, and brought one small, very good quality, dark chocolate bunny, each to Daddy-O & me**.
**This year the ol’ EB also got wise and brought some special, high protein, healthy snacks for me. Go, EB! You rock!
“Isn’t It Reassuring?” Words & music by Natalie Sleeth