Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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It's Magic

This morning, in the minutes before dawn, I was driving my #1 and #2 monsters to school in a semi-awake state. We had to make a quick stop before school to the post office so #1 could mail off her letter to Great Grama in California. As we were pulling out of the parking lot and into the street, #1 shrieked. I think I lost at LEAST 8 years of my life, and I know my heart stopped for at LEAST 10 seconds.

It turns out that #1 is NOT bleary eyed in the morning like her mother, and she saw the coolest thing. Against the backdrop of a barely lit sky, on the top of two lamp posts on opposite corners, owls were perched. It was truly one of the most breathtaking experiences of my life. You could only see them in silhouette, and they were so still it reminded me of flag pole toppers. And then one stretched, spreading it's wings for a split second, then settling back into the perch.
I love moments like this with my monsters.These impromptu bonding opportunities, that give you something to talk about and wonder over. Sadly, I was driving at the time, so the moment was really more like 5 seconds, but the imprint of that sight will be in my memory for quite some time. And the rush of being able to share that with my #1 and #2 will keep me smiling long after they've forgotten all about it.

But the best part? Hearing my 16 year old breathe, "Ooooh!" with wide eyed wonder, just like she did on Christmas Morning when she was a preschooler.


Gina @ Special Happens said...

I love it when our kids see the most beautiful things and don't take them for granted.

This side of Typical said...

Awesome! We've got a few here in our neighborhood too, and every once in a while it's a regular Hootenanny in our back yard. Not so fun for our chihuahua though--we have to crate him when we hear them. 'cause they are big boys--we saw one one night--a great horned owl--on a nearby tree--HUGE.

It's awesome to share with our kids. I shared a gorgeous sunset the other night with my little squirrel.

sara said...

mine is only 2 but the first time he saw Santa this year brought me to tears...I don't even like Christmas and he was was incredible

Ashley said...

Awwww, what a neat experience! And a great reminder to me to appreciate those little moments. Mine are 4 and almost 2 but this post reminds me of how quickly it goes. Thanks for sharing!!

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