When I was pregnant with the wee one we decided to try for a homebirth. Every month of my pregnancy we would take the trip to her home on a hill. We would drink warm herbal tea, discuss peak oil, gardening, unschooling, parenting and oh yeah...pregnancy. My pregnancy was a great experience;but alas, the wee one was born in a hospital because he was too big to come the natural way.
But the relationship with my midwife continues with her yearly pig roast for her past and current clients...and this past weekends celebration of her 50th birthday.
It was a great time. Her adult children played the music for the contra dance. Potluck was the menu. And babies and children everywhere. Fun, fun, fun.
I realized; while we were there, that there are moments of joy that I find in just watching my children. This past weekend it was watching my 2 year old running around with all the other kids. He was just lost in the movement music and fun; giggling, color rising in his cheeks, engaged in a moment of play that is whole and pure.
It reminded me of a time when the teen and I were at the Common Ground Fair back in 2003. I sat on a hill watching teen play with abandon with other kids throwing hay up in the air and at each other while the drums of Inanna ( a woman's drumming group) beat in the back ground. I had never seen him so lost in the moment, just playing; feeding his wild child, playing with abandon. No rules, no limits, for that moment. I had the chance to see him do this again when we went to a family wedding this past fall. I marveled at the fact that he danced all night long whether he had a partner or not.
Sunday, Hubby and I spent the afternoon working on transforming a spare room off of our workshop into a knitting studio for me. This is a work in progress. It was a room hubby was going to use to give private music lessons. Instead it became a dumping ground for STUFF and then a nursery for baby chicks last summer. Needless to say, it is a big job; but we chip away at it a little at a time. I hope to be able to have it all set up by this summer and ready to knit for the fall fair season. In the meantime I play with my daydreams about this space. I think it will make our living space less cluttered because there will not be yarn everywhere. I will have before and after pictures when it is done.
Did you have a good weekend?