In the spirit of making the most of summer, L1 threw the canoe on the car and we took the kids and dog canoing for the first time ever recently. (This is sad because we got our canoe as a wedding gift and we just celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary. Yes, and L3 just turned 7.) It was lovely and relaxing and full of wonder. We saw many geese and ducks on the bay and inlet, as well as fish and turtles. For me the most beautiful sight was the swan family. There is a pair of swans we see every year on the bay. As we began our adventure we saw them with their brood, swimming along in a line. It was the first time we’ve seen them this year. We all continued on in our courses through the water. Our family explored masses of lily pads, noted the depth of the water as we paddled along, and tried to convince the dog to sit. Jasper was all about trying to get to the water to smell it! As we wound our way through the inlets twisty reed lined paths, we looked off our starboard side and gasped. There was the swan family again, but this time they weren’t swimming. There, tucked into the reeds, they were all tucked in together in their nest. The children’s chattered died down and was floated past them in silence. Then we turned and floated past them again. Then we backed up and sat there just watching them.
When I experience the wonders of the world like that, I feel honored. All of that life is going on around us all the time and I usually find myself so wrapped up in my day-to-day that I don’t take enough time to notice. What have you taken the time to notice lately?