I had an appointment this morning. Yes — a real go to the office appointment. I won’t say I wasn’t nervous. That’s not the point of my story though …
We had to get up early for the first time in a month and it felt good. It felt good to have a purpose, a reason to get up and get out of my pajamas. I don’t mean to sound like a Mama on the edge of life here. I have a reason to get up every morning, but I can still be a wonderful Mama in flannels.
So we got up and went to my appointment. Poor buggy had to sit in the car with Daddy though and I felt super guilty about that. Here I was, able to have some human interaction while she was stuck in the car.
That’s the world now, I guess …
None of us were all too excited about going home after my appointment. It was like we’d gotten a taste of freedom and we wanted more! Buggy asked if we could have a picnic and go on a nature walk and the Man-Childe and I thought that was a wonderful idea.
With a bag full of goodies, we entered the forest. We had a blast. There were tons of animals waking up and stretching their legs in the sunshine. It was one of the nicest days we’ve had this year, and the animals were loving it as much as we were.
We saw a bunch of birds, but our favorite was the woodpecker — whose thud-thud-thud were drums in an otherwise tweeting band. Chipmunks scurried around the forest floor, popping in and out of their winter burrows. Squirrels chattered at us from high in the trees when we got closer than they wanted us too.
Under logs and rocks we found worms, bugs, spiders and newts. In a giant forest, these creatures had made an entire village under one rock. Kayleigh loves catching the “lizards” and letting them crawl around on her. She’s always very gentle and refuses to let them go anywhere but where she found them originally because she doesn’t want to separate them from their family.
We walked along until we came to a pond. A rock ledge surrounded the slime-covered pool. It’s not what most people would call a beautiful place, but it’s a perfect place to watch nature thrive.
Turtles sat on logs soaking up the warmth of the sun. You could almost hear them sighing. I’m sure they were just as thankful as we are that winter is finally over. Baby turtles dotted the logs that had fallen over into the water. We really wanted to hold one, but they were out of our reach.
I’m pretty sure I grew a hundred gray hairs while watching Kayleigh scale the rocks and she got sick of my demanding she holds my hand.
“Mom, I got this! I’m a nature girl!”
Yeah, great, I’ll be sure to tell the ER nurse that as she’s checking us in!
On the way back to the car we found a small puddle that was draining into a roadside ditch. I couldn’t believe what we found when we inspected that little pool of water. Itty-bitty leeches clung to leaves. Frog eggs, anchored to branches and grass, dotted the small pool. Mosquito larvae swam around mockingly, just waiting for the day they could fly up and bite me. Water-bugs skittered around both above and below the surface of the water.
It made me think — we walk past puddles and rocks all the time and never think about the millions of creatures who live out their lives in areas that we just walk on past. What if we are just a small puddle to a creature way bigger than ourselves?
All-in-all, it was an awesome day. We stopped and ate our picnic. Kayleigh had a great time and nobody had any ticks on them.
I call that a successful afternoon in quarantine!