You often need to look no further than to nature for a little perspective.
T and I went for a late morning walk to enjoy the sun, fresh air, and to get out of the house.
Outdoor spaces have been a lifesaver during this pandemic. On some days, the thought of outdoor time is what keeps me hanging on.
This past week was hard. The combination of virtual schooling hell, general tiredness, and a feeling of languishing felt stressful.
I had a meltdown mid week. I was trying to get T to write out sentences. Nothing hard but he was being so difficult and I lost my temper.
It was not one of my better moments, but it’s behind us and I’ll do better next time!
My goal for this weekend was to recharge and reset. Nature always helps with both.
T and I explored a new trail along the Electric Corridor near our home.
The trail led us to a pond, where we stumbled upon a family of geese and goslings.
Beyond adorable, T was immediately enamoured.
“Can I pet them?” He asked and I reminded him to leave wild animals alone.
We enjoyed watching them from a close distance, with T keeping a close eye on one of the pacing geese, convinced it was going to peck him.
There was a set of goslings sitting in a shady part at the edge of the pond, with one of the parents hovering protectively nearby.
I thought to myself how wonderful it was to be reminded that families come in all forms and this family was making due on their little pocket of this planet that has been taken over by humans.
Then I noticed a gosling off on the side, not sitting still like the others. Wandering and pacing about, while being followed by an elder goose.
That was a kindred spirit for our T, I thought.
“Odd ducks” in nature don’t have access to therapy services, school supports, toys like a Switch to motivate them – but somehow they get by under the watchful care of their parent.
Yes, I am over simplifying and romanticizing a brief encounter with a gosling and its parent.
But it was a gentle reminder to take a deep breath and if nothing else, take a moment outside of my little life and enjoy the larger world around me.