Last night Torsten and I walked to the grocery store to buy some milk. (The fact that we can walk to the grocery store still makes me so happy.) We took the dog with us and strolled, not in any rush, and when we got there I waited outside with Montana while Torsten bought the milk, and then we walked home.
It's so simple, right? It's nothing, it's the kind of thing you wouldn't even bother Tweeting about, and yet. The weather was beautiful, cool and dry, and it was dark and we could see all the stars, and we passed a few neighbors and cheerfully said hello to all of them. We saw a fox and listened to the sprinklers in the park and debated cloth vs. disposable diapers (still no conclusions on this one, in case you're curious).
It was just peaceful, you know? It was a regular everyday basic thing to do and yet it was wonderful, because it was us together, me and Torsten and Piglet and Montana (and yes it is deliberate that I listed Piglet before Montana, because she's about to find out that she'll be moving down the totem pole). And everything about it was lovely. And I hope that even when we have a non-sleeping baby, and then a tantrumy toddler, and then an exhausting whirlwind of elementary school activities, every now and then we'll find time to take a walk and even time to enjoy it.
And I'm really excited for the time when the four of us go for a walk, but Piglet is in the stroller, or a baby carrier, instead of inside me. When there's a real live baby to take for walks.
Of course, the baby is due in January and so it will be more like tramping cautiously through the snow than strolling through the peaceful mild evening, and we will have to use the baby carrier and not the stroller unless we get a special snow-equipped stroller, and it will be chilly and we likely won't go as far as the grocery store.
But then! Then the baby will get bigger and the weather will get warmer and even though it's all a big cycle it will feel so different, every year, every time. And I love this year, this time, but I am also so excited about next year, this time.
But in the meantime a walk with my husband is enough. More than enough.
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