It’s a lovely full circle moment when you are a visitor in your parents’ house, enjoying it in away that let’s face it, you never really used to enjoy it.
My parents have a pretty beautiful back yard. Lots of fruit trees, lush green grass, plenty of shade from the old trees’ branches to protect you on sunny days, and just a serene place to relax, and appreciate nature.
Do you think I spent that much time ‘taking it in’ when I was a teen? Hell no. Sure, I have plenty of backyard memories, of climbing up trees, jumping in piles of leaves my Mum had just swept into a pile, picking an apricot straight from the tree and devouring it. Playing with my cats, having my friends over, and then ALL of those parties!… the list goes on and on and ON.
But it’s not until you don’t live at your parents house anymore, that you start to really appreciate the little things.
While over near my parents side of town today for an appointment, following that baby girl and I swung on by to visit, and after the customary lunch upon arrival, we all headed out to the back.
The Autumn skies were clear, and sunny. Still, not a wisp of wind. Soon Mum was manoeuvring a garden table into the middle of the lush green grass, positioning chairs, taking out sweets, and I was making coffee.
Dad, Mum, baby girl, and I. All 4 of us, sitting in the middle of their backyard, having a great family moment.
(Check out original Ridge on that soap opera mug – MINE!)
Of course it didn’t last long. The sitting I mean. I was up and at baby girl, following her or something. But it was still bliss.
Moments with your family are never enough, not for me anyway. I always feel like I need more, I want more, want to appreciate and experience and enjoy and live through MORE. I guess that’s just how it is with those you love. It makes me grateful for these moments, these moments that are never enough, so much more.
Soon after the skies turned grey, and we all headed inside…
To more FUN. Dancing in your parents house with your loves, well, that’s another gratitude post right there…