Friday, October 03, 2008

the color orange


I'm diggin' being a mom lately. Might have something to do with acceptance. Am I finally accepting this as my lot, my choice, my life? I'm good at it. I like my kids. We dance, a lot. We sing, a lot. We listen to music, a lot. We laugh, a lot. We cry too. Life is good. And so am I.
Funny to be feeling this way when the rest of the world is seemingly going to pot.

Sometimes I think we're totally naive. Ian's casual, "She'll be right, mate," attitude (he's half Australian) is starting to rub off on me. We're totally living hand to mouth. But it's working. For now.

And you'd never know I was a native Vermonter to see the tiny woodpile in front of our house. Despite the fact that we burn wood, solely, for heat. The wood's out there. We just have to go get it. "We'll get it done," says Ian. We will.

It's getting cold at night. There's even been talk of snow. The leaves have turned overnight. They're letting loose with one last cathartic howl. Fiery red, neon orange, electric yellow, livening up the mountains like a bunch of hippies who just don't want to wear that staid green business suit anymore.

I was growing tired of it too.

More to read about motherhood here, here and, it's true, here.

9 comments:

Sprite's Keeper said...

Oh, how I wish I could experience seasons like that and expose my daughter to such wonderful colors! I hope you stay warm!

momma's heart said...

Beautiful post! I love fall. It just might be my favorite, with spring a close second.

So glad your days have been filled with joy.

Joy said...

"the color orange" indeed! It's my absolute favorite time of the year with all it's orangyness. :)

sonotamused said...

If we could only bottle that attitude and pull it out when it's damp, wet and slushy!

mommy besieged said...

Maybe there's something in the air that is making somewhat disgruntled moms come to accept our lives and enjoy the beautiful present moment for what it has to offer. I'm glad to read that I'm not the only mom who struggles!

kristina said...

Fall is my favorite. Glad things are going so well!

Emma said...

It sounds like you are enjoying yourself. I'd love to experience a real autumn like that, though perhaps not the winter that follows it!! Here we just get a couple of struggling reddish brown trees and the rest stay green.

Andrea Frazer said...

Oh, you write so well. We all need a bit of Ian in our crazy world.

Kim Moldofsky said...

Just stopping by, trying to deal with my pre-election anxiety. OMG, less than 24 hours to a new president! Let's hope so, anyway. I'm having nightmare flashbacks to the 2000 election.

I hope you've gathered more firewood and are keeping warm.