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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Of birds and bugs

Climbing mountains at the park

The other day Peanut and I were in the backyard.  It was one of those gorgeous sunny days and we were watching the birds flock to our fruit trees.  The previously unidentifiable fruit tree of which I will ask advice about at a later time.

He laughed as the birds flew around and I watched him attempt to take off with them.

He jumped, waving his arms around and laughing loudly as the birds took off for safer ground.  Peanut did this repeatedly while I watched with amusement.

He suddenly looked at me in disbelief.  "Mommy, I can't fly."
I could tell he was actually surprised.

"Well, where are your wings and feathers?" I asked.

"I don't have wings.  I can't fly, I'm too little," he said as if he will surely be able to fly when he gets older.

I was having one of those existential mommy moments.  You know those moments?  The ones where you marvel about the existence of you and your little one, at your places on this Earth.  You are amazed to see this little human you helped create.

I was watching his mind whirl over the fact that there was something he could not do and watched as he decided that surely he would be able to do this wonderful, amazing thing when he got a bit bigger.

I watched him as he smiled and ran and giggled and played and I took note of every moment, trying to burn it into my memories.  It is an amazing thing to watch your child exist and learn and grow.

I saw the tiny bug, about the size of a gnat, land on the the bright yellow stool sitting in the middle of the lawn.  His eyes lit up as he discovered this new friend.  Oh how he loves bugs.

In the blink of an eye he was reaching over to it and the sound of me screaming NOOOOOOO! broke the magic of our moment as he smashed it with his finger and stuck it in his mouth.


  1. Hahahahaha...I was so riding the Mommy marvel train with you...until Peanut pulled the classic smash and taste bug move. Then, I was laughing my head off. What a great post! :) Hope you're doing well, my friend. Happy Friday!

    -Rachel {A Cupcake for Moose}

  2. Dawn, you are truly a fantastic writer, have you ever considered writing a book, whatever is was about I would buy it. I LOVE YOUR STORIES. I too was right there with you in those mommy moments where everything is so peaceful. In fact I was trying to remember by own little moments like that. Then reality set back in and he is eating a bug, seriously I was laughing to hard at work my neighbor asked what was so funny!!! Thank you for sharing you have made my Friday. Big hugs my old friend.

  3. Perfect story . . . loved all the young magic delight discovery . . . and the smashing the bug, in the mouth it goes . . . oh the natural instincts of the little ones. Building up his immune system . . . soooo good for him!

  4. Hahahaha! Can't wait to see you on the 4th. I haven't gotten the book yet but I swear I really want to read this one.

  5. aw that is so cute! That's one for the scrapbooks-Mommy I can't fly, I'm too little. Oh Peanut! You are so sweet. Ha, and then he goes and smashes a bug. What a BOY!

  6. It is an amazing thing to watch your child exist and learn and grow.

    This is so true and I was already preparing a sweet reply about the depth of a parent's love. Then I got to the end and busted a gut. Still laughing...


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