Friday, November 14, 2014

EMPTY SPACE--VOID--LIFE HAPPENED HERE

It's like not knowing how to pick up the phone and call that distant friend you waited too long to call.

It's being afraid, somehow, to just pop back into the picture and act as if nothing happened while you were away. Or being incapable of explaining what happened.

Because what happened was not all that remarkable. But at the same time it was, genuinely, remarkable.

What happened was life.

What happened was legs grew longer


What happened was we drove around a lot, mostly to soccer practice.

What happened was Ian's mother, Granny, died and we went to England to celebrate a life fully lived.








What happened was, we went to the beach and met a dog named Romeo.


What happened was, we painted


And painted



What happened was,we climbed some mountains


And looked out at more mountains. And swam in rivers


And trolled ponds for frogs


And wrote in our journals


And dined by the lake



And turned Barbies into mermaids


And the river called again....



As did the lake....


And back to the river....because it is so amazing and refreshing and alive with constant movement and noise.




 And then what happened was, we picked berries


And went camping on an island in a big lake.


And, yes, we went back to that river and jumped off a cliff and splashed into the water




And there was time for dress up..


And tree climbing



and we went to the beach






Where we saw mermaids



 Esther became a middle schooler and Isla a third grader....



but they still enjoy each other's company... mostly


 Fall came




We put on hats

 And coats


This morning..... there was snow

And I don't have a single picture to share because it's all melted away. Much like the last five months. Turned to liquid that is lapping at our heels, threatening to deepen and swirl around our ankles, ready to lift us off our feet and carry us, suspended and helpless, down this wild, rushing river.

20 comments:

Marcy said...

beautiful as always, Betsy.

Was Living Down Under said...

Glad you're still around. I was worried you'd decided to stop writing your blog. I was never much good at the blogging thing - I started but I think the last post I wrote was last year. So you're well ahead of me :)

Your girls are gorgeous. And so is the landscape around you!

Luisa Roberts said...

I've been reading your Babycenter blog for ages and just happened upon this one. Very poignant and brought a tear to my eye.

Steph said...

So sorry to hear about Granny, but I'm glad you were all able to go to England and celebrate her life. I'm glad you're back to your blog...and had a wonderful summer and fall.

The snow was so beautiful today (in Maine), but like it was for you, it was gone by noon. Winter will be here soon. I can't wait!

Anonymous said...

I'm happy that you're back. Looks like you had a full summer.

KiminAZ

Laura said...

Always love hearing from you. Love all the pictures.

Anonymous said...

So long waiting for a new post from you, Betsy! Love your pictures and your writing. Have a lovely Fall and Winter! Kim from BCN.

Special K said...

Best part of all of that.... I did not hear one "I was lost, I felt alone, and I am depressed." I hope life is treating you well. You are living a beautiful life, you have beautiful kids and I love that you have a dog again (we got a second dog and my Sylvie is in 3rd grade a well and my older son is in 5th so close to middle school). Photos are gorgeous, hope life in the winter is just magical (because it's friggin' 8 below zero windchill here in Chicago and it took all of my responsible self not to get the kids in the car and drive us back to Seattle instead). Sorry also that Ian lost his mom, we lost my Dad this October and it is brutal.

Jacqui in Oz said...

Welcome back Betsy, hope to see around more often. Beautifully written as always. May we all celebrate a life well lived.

Liz said...

Missed your posts... :)

Anonymous said...

You were dearly missed. It's good to see the pictures of your beautiful family and life ! Happy thanksgiving!

Pamela Mixon said...

oh my gosh, beautiful pictures, and beautiful girls. Happy Thanksgiving

mooserbeans said...

We have missed you so much! I know whenever I don't blog it either means life is too full or too overwhelming. I am so glad that a full life has kept you too bust to blog.

Sue Kol said...

Glad to see your blog again Betsy, I've missed hearing from you. Even being the city girl that I am, I truly can appreciate the beautiful nature filled life that you and your family lead, by looking at your pictures and reading your words.

Seamingly Sarah said...

Well I'm glad you're back!

Hilary said...

I also am glad to see this post.Lovely pics and words.

Irishmama7 said...

So glad to see you are back here. So sorry to hear about Ian's mom. Thank you for sharing.

Jenny said...

As many others have said, I have missed you. I have been reading your blog (in secret) for ever, since the babycenter years -- and our lives have so many parallels. Please keep writing!

Sarah said...

I just found your blog via a Baby Center post (researching toddlers and hitting for a column I'm writing!) and saw that you're in Vermont so I had to pop over to your blog. I'm from Vermont- grew up in Underhill and Burlington (my dad's still in Burlington, my mom's in Northfield) but moved away after UVM in 1992. Your post Life Happened Here juts gave me such a blast of homesickness for Vermont and what life could have been like if we'd had our kids in Vermont instead of Toronto. (It's pretty fantastic here but Oh how I love Vermont!) Just wanted to say hi and thank you!

Betsy said...

So sorry I never responded, Sarah. Every time I have tried to leave Vermont, homesickness brought me back. I'm destined, I guess, to stay...