Tulip picks clover and then plucks the petals apart and presents these green heart-shaped tokens of her affection to me with a big smile and her hands clasped together under her chin. She also has a "cocoon" collection. She has found four hollowed out cicada shells and has them tucked into what I would call one of my prettiest household accessories - a handmade, blue beaded bowl one would reserve for potpourri or a collection of shiny things. Tulip keeps bug carcasses in this bowl. They are nestled on a leaf.
I took the girls miniature golfing and it was Luna's very first time. We came home an hour past bedtime but she immediately made cards for everyone in the family. As she presented us each with a card we had to ask her to translate her purposeful scribble. The cards were inscribed as follows:
To Mama: Thank you for taking me to Zao Island.
To Tulip: Thank you for taking me to Zao Island.
To Wolfie: Thank you for staying home when I went to Zao Island.
To Papa: Thank you for staying home with Wolfie when I went to Zao Island.
To Luna (herself): I went to Zao Island and I love it!
Tulip had her first soccer game of the season this morning and Wolfie, who is no longer playing soccer, told me he wanted to wear one of his old soccer shirts to Tulip's game. Out of the six shirts we have collected over the years, I only saved the most recent one which happens to be maroon - the same color as Tulip's team. They were thrilled to match. At her game, at the start of it, Wolfie called out, "Have a good time, Tulip!"
At home there were two bright yellow finches right outside our window nibbling on the echinacea. Just inches away! "Look!" I pointed. Luna let out a loud sound because she couldn't form the important words fast enough and had to say something. Wolfie said, "Oh, wow" in his soft contemplative voice. Tulip simply gasped, her breath genuinely taken away.
Oh my, oh my children truly take my own breath away.