Monday, April 11, 2022

tree fellers and friends

I was as excited as a toddler when I saw this little tree feller in the backyard. We've had four trees come down this last winter and I haven't been able to plan any outdoor events because it looked and felt inhospitable (and unsafe) with tree limbs everywhere. 

My favorite part of this picture is that when the driver saw me--with my phone out and dramatically miming taking a picture and asking if it would be ok--he very kindly paused so I could take one. As I mentioned to the kids in family chat--this is way more than they ever do for me. And the little monsters... had the gall to go "ha-ha" on that comment. 

L is back from her month-long trip, so I got a long walk with her this morning to catch up and it made me realize yes--lots of things have changed in a month: I'm more hopeful for Nu; I know what At's plans for the year are; I'm getting used to Big A's work-related absences. A lot of sadness with each of those situations, but growing acceptance too.

And then while the rest of the world was busy doing Monday things, I treated myself to a movie with KB. At her request we saw Everything Everywhere All At Once--and overall, it was clever and compassionate and I love the idea of an older woman cast as a superhero... still, the middle section and its fight scenes felt overwhelming to me. 

4 comments:

Nicole MacPherson said...

This reminded me of when my MIL had a big tree removed, and she waited until we were there for a visit so the boys (who were little) could watch the stump-grinder!

I know the "sadness, but acceptance" feeling you are talking about, for sure. Hugs.

maya said...

Thanks, Nicole. (And thoughtful grandparents are so special.)

StephLove said...

Parenting teens (and beyond) comes with a lot of that feeling, I think.

maya said...

Couldn't agree more with you there, StephLove...

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