Wednesday, October 01, 2008

making circles

Every morning we wake up together and the first thing we do is open the blinds and peep out and see what kind of day it is outside. Lately these first peeks have been filled with sunshine and I instantly know what kind of day we will have. I keep hoping that these days will last, and am grateful for every one of them. Because I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and I know well how the rains and the grey will come again soon...
flower picking by you.
I get a little stir crazy, though, when wandering around the neighbourhood Adelaide. She moves at an incredibly slow pace, every which way except the direction we're headed. This leaves me poking about the sides of trails trying to keep myself entertained, so I try to think of little projects I can bring along with us, to keep me busy too.
Lately I've been bringing a big bucket of chalk around with us and drawing a lot of circles all over. I find this a very satisfying activity to me for some reason(?). Every so often Addie helps me, she likes to scribble inside of a few of them. And sometimes I get her to hop hop hop all around in them, too. She also likes to stand right in the middle while I am draw a circle all around her feet. However, mostly Addie just does her own wandering about while I make my circles. It's good to have projects, no matter how insignificant. 
making circles by you.
in the circles by you.
And, I love some of the conversations I overhear, inspired by my circles... Does a perfect circle exist? The absolution of a circle in relation to its size! The newtonian properties of bubbles! The methodology of the compass! I adore living amongst these unconventional academic neighbours of mine.
in the wagon by you.
I am very pleased that a small farmer's market has begun here each wednesday afternoon, full of beautiful organic local fruits and vegetables, breads, preserves, and other treats. We've been heading there each week and picking up some lovelies for us. Today in our wagon: a bag of freshly baked oat berry muffins, fresh collard greens, cucumbers, onions, and a little yellow watermelon which we've been eating all afternoon, yum!

In our wagon with us today I also brought my camera, as I am hoping to capture my girl in the last of these beautiful autumn days. But already Adelaide is so over my photography and has little to no tolerance for me trying to take pictures of her. For all the dozens of shots that I take, the vast majority of them are variations of her moaning, such as these:

mama no more!!! by you.

I suppose these photos capture our time together too. Although I much prefer the other shots - the ones that capture our sweetest moments - such as this one: my baby girl sleeping soundly down in my lap, taken today upon our return home.

sleep by you.

20 comments:

Andrew and Crystal said...

ahh that sounds like a lovely day. that was a great post to read at the end of a long day! Goodnight!

Alissa Nicolau said...

Your circles look perfectly round and circular to me. Love all your chalk colors! So pretty.

the dipe squad said...

I'm a fairly regular blog lurker here, but I need to get better about that and comment. Today was the perfect day to make that switch because that first photo of Addie in the flowers is so gorgeous! It is so hard to get a wee one on camera sometimes, but I have to love the crying/talking/busy shots too. Your chalk circles are lovely. From what you share of it, it looks like you are a pro at creating lovely spaces in your home too! I can use the inspiration! Thank you for maintaining this blog. I know I'll be coming back for more!

freshmd said...

Ah yes, I know all about pokey children. For the most part, like you, I try to be patient while they explore (or take my camera to amuse myself).

But I've found that if there's a destination I'm trying to move us towards, giving the kids something to push - a doll buggy or a little shopping cart - works wonders. They trundle along at a steady pace in a somewhat straight line.

I wish someone in my neighbourhood would leave circles on the pavement.

Melissa said...

:)
this post is gorgeous, s! you are a good, patient mama. x

Carlene said...

What a great post. And I love your circles, the beautiful colors of the chalk. If I came upon those while walking, it would be like a little gift.

frecklewonder said...

i think you are the most fantastic mother. your incredible appreciation for being in the moment is inspirational and beautiful. you know, a lot of other people would lean towards complaining about how slowly they might have to walk, how wandering their child might be- i love it that you just go with it, and you truly love it, that you bring along some chalk to keep you busy...

your tales of your walk brought back such sweet memories for me- when henry was this age, we used to do the same in the alleyways in our old neighborhood... we called them "quiet adventures" and we would always whisper (henry loooooved to whisper at this age) and collect little treasures along the way- pine cones, acorns, stones, leaves...
such great times.

amandajean said...

what a sweet post.

I love your chalk circles. I, too, love to doodle with sidewalk chalk with my kids. one day I did nearly filled up my driveway with swirls...much like quilting. it was lots of fun.

MelancholySmile said...

I love the idea of trying to entertain yourself while she explores. I have three wee ones, and sometimes I feel that I spend my entire day herding them with commands to hurry up, come match my pace. You inspire me to enjoy the slow, possibility-filled moments of life with small children.

Wendy said...

i love your little project, and how you allow Addie to go at her own pace. the circles are absolutely beautiful!

lisa currie said...

how funny that i was just oogling over this video..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAhfZUZiwSE

..before i read your post!

have a squiz. it's the world freehand circle drawing champion. you're not the only one satisfied by circle drawing!

Hege said...

Beautiful pictures with the sirkles!

snow white and rose red said...

I love this snap shot of your life. You are very inspiring in your creativity and a lovely patient mum.

lucie said...

Photos with the circles are wonderful!

melanie said...

That second last one of her is just amazing - the expressions she makes! You are truly blessed.

CONNY said...

hello,
wath e lovely girl.
sooo sweet....
greatings from the nederlands conny

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