Monday, June 2, 2008

Stormy Weather

Awhile back, someone asked me to reveal my favorite time of day.

It took me a few weeks to decide. I used to be a morning person, popping out of bed in the morning with a sunny disposition and the kind of optimism that makes an aerobics instructor seem depressed.

That quality disappeared during the last decade along with my definable waist and my nightly eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. My mornings are now a blur as I fumble to fill the coffee pot while wearing a toddler and stirring oatmeal with my free hand.

My favorite time of day has shifted to the quiet of dusk when the children are tucked into bed and the demands of the day have diminished. Sometimes, like tonight, I slip out of the house and take a short walk through the grass before tackling the supper dishes.

Tonight's walk included a study of the clouds. We have been treated to a series of afternoon thunderstorms lately, and they make for some wild cloud formations to our west.



After taking in the scene, I realized I was humming the tune of "Stormy Weather," a song my grandma used to play on the piano. We spent several nights at our grandparents' house in the summertime, and after a day of fishing for rainbow trout with Grandpa, we would settle down in the evening and listen to Grandma play and sing.

Since I was the baby of the family, I had the extra privilege of being rocked in her arms as she sang every verse of "Bimbo." Unlike parents, grandmas seldom hurry through the bedtime routine; they don't skip chapters in books or verses to songs. They relish every moment because they know how swiftly the moments pass.


Jessica said...

Hmm...mmm...mmm...Love those photos, and love those words even better.

How quickly the days do pass!

Dawn said...

Beautiful photos!

My hubby and I were just talking this evening about how fast time flies with children. We remember saying, "One day he'll be starting school." Then, "Before you know it, he'll be in high school" or, "Before you know it, he'll be driving!"

Well, last Friday he completed his first year of high school. He starts driving this month.

Mum-me said...

I love clouds - I could watch them all day. The photos are beautiful.

Anonymous said...

So, true.. They grow up way to fast.. My oldest is finishing up his first year of high school today and the other finishes 4th grade today also.. Boy, how time flys..


cndymkr / jean said...

Those clouds are wonderful. Here in NJ they just never look like that.

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

what a wonderful picture of your grandmother.


Andrea said...

Awesome photos!! Those clouds are amazing!

Pony Girl said...

Nice post.... Those cloud formations are great. Must be a beautiful place for a peaceful evening walk.

BoufMom9 said...

LOVE the gorgeous photos! Beautiful view! I love the sky after a storm!
I am just imagining your nice quiet walk and it seems so heavenly...

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