While you can’t see it in the picture, I saw a bald eagle here over the weekend. As I crossed the top of the pond at the local (defunct) reservoir, the bird swooped across the water. Here’s how my brain processed the event: “Wow, that is a HUGE crow…with a white tail…oh, wait; that’s not a crow.” The eagle perched in a tree at the edge of the water at the far end of the pond and Dylan and I watched it for a little while before continuing along our walk.
I know that bald eagles are back in the United States in a healthy way, and have finally resumed breeding in Vermont in smaller numbers. But it’s still a thrill to see such a large wingspan within a few miles of my own house.
I’ve been on hiatus from this blog for the past year, trying to figure out how to balance work and parenthood. It’s harder than I thought. And one of the parts of my life that has suffered the most is the time I used to spend alone (with Oliver) in the woods. That and finding or taking the time to go running, which was often the same thing.
But what is really fun is getting to rediscover all the amazing things about the world right around us, through Dylan’s eyes. And being able to pass on almost embarrassingly gleeful feelings about seeing things like salamanders or birds nests.
Last weekend I got to show him how snapdragon seed pods will burst and curl up in your fingers when you touch them. (I grew up calling the plants snapdragons, but I understand they’re more commonly known as jewelweed, or even touch-me-nots.) What fun to see Dylan feel the exploding seed pod between his own fingers!
And who doesn’t like being able to laugh and feel goofy with someone who finds you hilarious (except, of course, for the times when he thinks you’re the worst, like when you want him to put on–or take off–his shoes, for example)!
So I’ll continue to try to find the time to get outside on my own (and to remove any guilt I might have about taking time for myself). But in the meantime, I’m loving the joy and wonder I get to experience together with this little Vermont kiddo.