I've been trying to make a point of getting outside with the boys most weekdays. A chill has crept into the air during the past couple of weeks and it reminded me that summer won't last forever. I can't let these days slip by me without making the best of them. There are a lot of lovely parks around here and I've made it my unofficial goal to explore them and discover each of their charms.
The boys weren't very keen on posing for pictures, since it was well past their naptime. But they tried.
Here they are, telling me I exceeded my picture-taking limit. Time to move on.
With the boys off romping in the playground, I moved on to taking pictures of the more cooperative scenery.
An older man came up to me as I was meandering off the path and asked me if I lost my wallet or purse and if he could help me find it. I told him no, I thought it was pretty obvious that I was taking pictures of flowers and procreating insects. He lingered for a bit until he realized I didn't want to talk, and then he left. As he walked away I concluded he probably wasn't shady like I had imagined, maybe he really thought I had lost something and just wanted to help. I felt bad for not being more friendly and I called out to him, "Have a nice day!" He wished me the same and as I watched him walk away, I wondered what his story was. There was a tear in his pant leg, which was strange. And then I asked myself the question I sometimes do whenever I encounter interesting strangers for brief periods of time: could he have been Jesus in disguise? If Jesus was going to pay me a brief visit I imagine him doing it in the body of a very unassuming person. Like an older man in shabby pants who doesn't stay where he's not wanted.
I knew he probably wasn't. I don't know if Jesus even makes a habit of appearing to people without them realizing it (although angels do sometimes - Hebrews 13:2 - which is fun), but I like thinking about it sometimes anyway.
I like it here, y'all. The lovely summer wildflowers, big happy trees, green grass everywhere, and country scenery... they do my heart good. I'm glad we are where we are.
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