Seeing the forest and the trees
Tuesday November 28th 2023, 9:59 pm
Filed under: Family,Lupus

It was 2:15, sundown was 4:25, Seattle being at a latitude that gets an hour less of sun than we do, so with sunblock and a big hat I thought I was pretty well covered lupus-wise against the UV.

We took what I thought was a pretty long walk for the kids. They rode their training wheel bikes and I don’t know if that took more energy or less, but we definitely had fun. Explored the new neighborhood going up. Then the park.┬áLillian was surprised to find out that Grammy can swing on the swingset, too. And then at last we headed for home.

I was feeling it that night. Costochondritis isn’t dangerous, but it was a warning, so when Mathias wanted to do the two-mile loop around the wetlands the next day I with a quiet regret that ran deeper than I was ever going to say stayed home and started knitting another hat.

Everybody understood.

They split into two directions, with Lillian going for a shorter ride but it was still good and long enough to wear a kid out.

Then the door opened.

Lillian had found a leaf. A big leaf. A perfect, pretty, autumn leaf. To share with her Grammy. If I couldn’t take that walk in the woods then she was determined to bring that walk to me.

(The folded edge happened when I was packing it to take home. Oops. She took better care of it than I did.)

I look forward to the day when I can show it to her and tell teenage Lillian the thoughtful thing she did when she was four and how grateful I am for it.

She’ll probably already know, because it made her so happy, too.


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How wonderful! Even though I was older than Lillian, I would send a few autumn leaves to my grandmother, who lived in warm climates (Hawai’i and Florida) and never saw them otherwise except in photographs. You’ll both treasure the memory along with that leaf.

Comment by Margo Lynn 11.29.23 @ 5:23 pm

How sweet! She’s a good kid, and has great taste in leaves!

Comment by ccr in MA 11.30.23 @ 2:24 pm

What a delightful memory for both of you. And so hoping the pain was minor and left soon.

Comment by DebbieR 12.02.23 @ 9:15 am



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