Yesterday was beautiful. The sky stretched on forever in Cerulean Blue with synchronized wispy cumulus clouds. The temperature was warm and breezy, creating the perfect mid-morning for walking. We decided to take advantage of what few days we’d be given as a break from the summer heat and drove over to Forest Park to wander around the Zoo. Even though it took us quite a long time to navigate through the traffic and find a parking spot, no one seemed to mind. That’s when you know everything is going to be grand, when not even traffic can touch the loving ambiance.
We walked the long way around. Judah loves walking. Sometimes I think he could walk forever and ever. You can’t help but smile at his overabundance of joy at everything that passes him by. Vehicles, strollers, random passerby’s, statues and fountains are all bursting with new life every time he lays eyes on them. He is the embodiment of the concept of seeing everything as though it were for the first time and in that happiness you can’t help but also be in the moment.
Many days it seems that my husband and I are always on a bit of an edge. We always worry once Tot gets tired if he’ll go off into his deliriousness or aggravation. Sometimes when things are hectic, like traffic or a lot of people pushing around, he gets frustrated. Patience is something we’ve been working on for a long time. But today it was as if that edge never existed; as if Judah couldn’t possibly ever be anything but the pure lightheartedness that he was. He was wholly there and so were we. Shedding our concerns and fears like snakeskin in the sunlight; we left it behind.
Every time we’ve taken Judah to the Zoo he never lasted long. Sometimes it would be due to a lingering upset over parking and other times he was too tired. Today was different. He proudly strutted around almost the entire expanse of the Zoo and he wasn’t the only one that came out of hiding today, it seemed that every animal was out enjoying the summer afternoon. I’d never actually seen many of the animals at the Zoo until today even though I’ve gone over dozen times since I was a little girl. It was amazing!
Afterward we ventured off back to the car but found ourselves deciding to press our luck by going to the Art Museum. We hadn’t been since Tot was just figuring out how to walk, so we weren’t sure how he’d like it. It was cute to see him whisper, “This is awesome!”, and get excited when he saw the Mondrian painting similar to the one we have in our foyer. Although the quiet became a bit too unsettling for him, he did so well and we were so proud of him. The day was already so busy and we’d already walked miles, but he was quiet when he needed to be, observant and open to listening.
We held hands walking down the hill, my husband and I; lost in dream where we both wished that every day could be just as this one day in our life. Though I know it is the days that are the toughest, days with their moments of frustration and tiredness for all of us that make these so alive and joyous.
Today we are taking advantage of one of the last perfect days of the summer by going to the Missouri Botanical Garden. Don’t waste your day missing out on what beauty there is around you by worrying about what might go wrong. Otherwise you may miss out on everything that goes right.