this year has been the longest spring season that i can remember. we've had endless rain with flash floods galore, and the kind of mild temperature days that make my heart sing have stretched on for weeks. if i could make this season stretch on forever and replace the scorching days of summer ahead, i would. but alas, i cannot, so instead i am doing my best to get out and soak it up in some little way each day.
on tuesday, this looked like sticking aidric in the car as the rain poured and going for a drive because i didn't know what the heck else to do with his energy. i had unexpectedly gotten the day off, and found myself caught at home wanting to work on my shop and fulfill orders, but instead being interrupted every few minutes by my son's energy. so i dressed and loaded us into the car, both getting soaked in the process. ever tried installing a car seat while wrangling a 2 year old under one umbrella? not highly effective.
as the rain pummeled our windows, i pondered where we could go, driving aimlessly as i thought. nothing came to mind that sounded appealing with a rambunctious boy in tow. not to mention the torrential downpour that i was busy admiring, but unwilling to get out in again any time soon.
as i was busy attempting to think of a place to take us, i began noticing the streets around us became abundantly lush, a change from our immediate surrounding city streets. i checked the street signs. we were only four blocks from home. i turned a corner and my jaw dropped (and i might have squealed in glee), as i found myself on a street lined with the cutest tiny shops: lights strung through trees, art lining windows, walls painted bright eclectic colors. there was even a cat in a window.
i came to the end of the line of shops, and turned a corner to turn around and drive back through. instead, i found myself suddenly winding through the streets filled with the most beautiful houses i'd ever laid eyes on. each one different from the next, all harmoniously sharing the beautiful thick trees and charm of the neighborhood. i felt like i'd stumbled into paradise. and all just a few blocks from our home. i drove and drove, around and around, staring and soaking in the beauty, as i turned around to find my tiny passenger sleeping soundly. i took him home to sleep, then as soon as he was awake, we went back to that beautiful place and walked the streets as the sun broke through the clouds. i counted chicken coops, aidric chased the birds, and we smelled all of the flowers heavy with rain. we said hello to the cat in the window and stopped for coffee in the cutest little shop i've seen all over instagram.
it was the best day. i loved the time i got to spend with my little one, in a space where he was free to run ahead and away from me, exploring and playing on his own, with no interruption by the word 'no'. it deepened the ache in my heart for a home, but more so made me reflective of the quality of time and of myself i give to aidric. i'm so happy the mild spring sun is here, awakening our spirits and drawing us out of our months of being housebound. long live spring!!