After a day of ups and downs on Wednesday, I sat and reflected on what had happened, and what I could do about it. It was during this reflection that I realized that Reece and I have not been into nature, on our own, for a few weeks. We have spent a lot of time in nature this summer, but always with friends. We love our time in nature with friends, we really do, but we also love our time together, just the two of us.
So, with that realization, the two of us headed to one of our favourite trails yesterday to soak up time together, within the embrace of Mother Nature.
As we stepped onto the trail we were greeted by monarchs! A big deal considering the last few years we haven't seen very many. We counted ten on our hike, and even managed to snap photos of a few of them. We meandered along the trail, holding hands and chatting. Reece was interested in milkweed pods and stopped often to collect some. I was spying the red clover, yarrow, and jewelweed, making a mental note to stop on the way back to collect some for medicine making.
The reason this trail is one of our favourites is because it ends at Lake Ontario. There is something about being by the water that makes everything okay in the world. We sat on the rocks, enjoyed a snack, and let the sound of crashing waves sooth our souls. We spied a sunflower growing out of the rocks on the shore. We each took a turn guessing how a sunflower seed might have got there. Reece was thinking chipmunks, I was thinking birds. However it got there, it certainly is a sign of nature's resiliency.... a sunflower growing on a rocky shore, reaching its way to the sun, surviving the rush of water, and the many creatures that frequent the shore. A pretty amazing find.
We walked back through the meadow, collecting herbs, watching monarchs and dragonflies, and taking deep breathes. We ran into an older couple interested in our activities, and shared a conversation, trail side, with them, before making our way back to the car, calm, grounded and connected.
It's funny how something as simple as missing our mama/son hikes for a few weeks can affect us. Having a few less than stellar moments on my mothering journey on Wednesday made me take the time to reflect, to make sense of those moments, and to realize just what the two of us were missing.