It was 95 degrees today! On the 6th of September! My daughter, Marie, and I spent most of the day at the movies where it was cool and comfy, munching on buttered popcorn and drinking Diet Coke. Coming home at 5:30 to stifling heat, we decided to take a swim in the pond behind our house. I had not been swimming in the lake in years. (My children, now teenagers and young adults, had lost interest in beach activities, onto other teenage endeavors that don’t involve wet bathing suits, towels, and sand between their toes.) As I stepped into the water, it was refreshingly wonderful! With Marie in tow, we each sat in a tube and paddled out to the middle of the lake. The cool water was the perfect solution for the muggy hot weather. We chatted for a while, (in sign language,) and Marie told me of the importance of wearing socks with her sneakers or her feet stink and people don’t want to come near her. She told me she enjoyed woodworking class which she had just begun, and she planned to build a house with what she was learning. We talked about teachers and boys and what her hopes and dreams are for when she “was older.” (She wants to work petting dogs and cats.)
As the conversation wore down, we both relaxed in the water, just floating and enjoying the moment. Marie took my hand in hers, a move she would have never done all those years ago when she came to live with us and would have screamed if I even touched her. I felt we were bonding anew. She shared her dreams, and now she was sharing her love. We floated in silence, watching the seagulls swoop down to get fish, and the geese fighting with them for air space. It seemed they were playing a follow the leader game, flying side by side, and then swooping into the water, geese honks and seagull squawks. We watched as the turtles poked their heads above the water. When she was younger, Marie would have taken off to joyfully capture them. But today she just floated in silence with me. More mature. More content with herself.
The time seemed timeless; we could float there all day, water lapping at our legs. But the setting sun belied the late time of day. Above the trees beautiful colors arched; pinks, oranges, purples. It was peaceful. It was relaxing. It was joyful. As we sat there in the water on our tubes holding hands…

If you are interested in learning more about my family, here is link to my book:
The Apple Tree: Raising 5 Kids With Disabilities and Remaining Sane

Comments on: "As The Sun Set in the Warm September Sky" (27)

  1. Sounds like a pretty perfect day!

  2. What a lovely day. What lovely aspirations.

  3. That is a sweet and beautiful moment.

  4. I am not sure where you live, but reading this made me want to come and visit. It’s been a whole since I have read one of your posts, life has gotten busier than I’d like it to be. But you reminded me that sometimes all we need is a lazy day by the pond enjoying God’s creation.

  5. How peaceful and lovely! Resting and enjoying the fruits of your labors. You have much to be proud of.

  6. I could literally feel this moment between the two of you. Amazing.

  7. Exquisite. I felt every moment of your experience, thanks to your beautiful description. Thank you!

  8. Beautiful photo, lovely story. I love the fact that bonding now comes more easily. That, in itself, probably made the day more than special.

  9. Sound like a wonderful day.

    My eldest son had some problems, and was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome when he was young. Every time I tried to play with him, he would pick his stuff up and walk out of the room. If I tried to follow, he would leave his blocks and hide in his room. It used to devastate me. Then one day when he was about three and a half, he finally allowed me to help his stack some blocks. I was so happy, I cried. 🙂

  10. Beautifully described, I feel like I was floating there peacefully with you both 🙂

  11. Reading this made me think of my Caty! Oh, thank you so much for sharing!

  12. What a wonderful little reward for all your dedication. Skilled mommy, skilled writer.

  13. Hi, I have only just come across your blog and I’m so glad I have. What an amazing and inspirational family you are. The stories about your beautiful children are fantastic and really drawn me in. I will make sure I make time to read all your previous posts and keep up to date with your blog 🙂
    My blog seems a little trivial now but is aimed at a light hearted look at being a dad and the funny things our kids say. Please take a look and hope you enjoy it but more importantly keep up the excellent blog and continue to inspire on with your amazing family.

  14. Sometimes the quiet times are the best times. Thank you for this wonderful post.

  15. What a wonderful bonding moment! And what a reward for taking the time to spend with your daughter! The peace and quiet of nature can be so very restoring!

  16. The best kinds of conversations with our kids are the ones that just unfold naturally. Great job finding the right environment to just let conversation happen.

  17. Amazing picture!

  18. Very beautiful recollection. I almost felt as if I was there.

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