I just somehow want to try to capture in words the depth and richness of joy in watching our kids so fully alive. Words fail and so many images flash through my mind, but I do not want ot forget. I was one of those days that was hilarious and beautiful beyond words.
Beautiful beyond words you may say? What could be so beautiful about Elephant Ears and rickety rides more covered in rust than carnival paint in places? Well, those things can fade away...what I want to remember is the pride in Ravenna's eyes as she rode the rollercoaster by herself the very first time. The way her little lips pursed together and her eyes shined. How halfway through the ride she kicked back, as if taking in the beauty of whirling around and around on a bright summer's day blue sky above and wind in her hair. the way my heart caught in my throat as I realized what a big girl she is and how inexpressably proud I am of who she is.
I want to remember leaning back against my husband laughing harder than I have in a long time as the sun set and our kids all three had the time of their lives. The whole time I kept thinking, "I have such a blessed, blessed life."
And Georgia...where do i begin? She has this essence about her that is blossoming more and more. It is a fearless confidence, a willingness or a desire to embrace everything that comes her way. Georgia's first response to almost everything is an upbeat, "Sure!" She rode this little ladybug ride probably 20 times, wide grin, her little ponytails waving wildly as she spun. Then, I took a potty break and came back to her lodged between Ravenna and Parker on the rollercoaster! Barely tall enough, only her ponytails peeking out above th seat, arms spread wide resting on the back of the seat...not even holding on as they whipped around and around !
Can you see her way up there carrying the rug as big as she is????