Let's start out at the farmer's market. Saturday mornings always do.
I could hyperventilate- there's so much good stuff. Cherries are overflowing from baskets, there's deep red and light yellow with a kiss of red. There are peaches and nectarines in piles on table tops, Ro is anxiously touching them all because she recently discovered how good they are. I bought golden beets and red beets, carrots and thai basil. I loaded up on brilliant red strawberries and got a bag full of mushrooms as well. That's not all: broccoli, garlic naan and some indian eggplant spread, squash and a few flowers made it back into my house as well.
Oh man, that's a happy fridge!
Then my wee-one and I headed out to a wedding. Upon arriving we were overwhelmed with crowds, it turns out the wedding was taking place in the midst of the Western States 100 Mile Run. At that point the runners had already been running for eighty miles. EIGHTY MILES!!! Holy crap. These people were cruising along at a faster pace than if I were running my standard 3.3 mile loop, show offs. I mean really, this is an incredible feat! I can't even wrap my brain around it. Just amazing.
Fast forward to the wedding: my daughter is running around with the other little ones, waiting for the ceremony to begin. She approaches a girl who is smaller than her, bends to be face-to-face, puts each of her hands on the girls shoulders gently, barely, and says in a most loving soft voice, "What's your name?". I could have cried. Who is this kind, gentle child? How she come to be under my care? What did I do to deserve this toddler who is so amazing? She completely blows me away every day. I was stunned to see her stop running like a wild banshee and take a soft moment to include this other little girl. I was SO very proud. I wanted to get everyone's attention and point it out, to show them this little beam of bright, awesome light. Gosh, dang it I just couldn't be more in love with her.