It was a beautiful morning here, with Papa home (for good!) and the feeling of magic in the air. It was so very exciting for all three littles to delight in mama-made bunnies, a book for each of them, seeds to start, and a plant for their garden. This year the Easter bunny generously left a single, mini chocolate egg and because it was such a treat, they savoured every lick...and tried so very hard to squirrel little morsels away in the coloured foil, only to be brought out again moments later and licked once more. (I couldn't help but think of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). There have been many holidays when I have bought some chocolate to fill a stocking or a basket or a Halloween bag...and then decided that they didn't know what they were missing, so why ruin a good thing? I was asked at an Easter party yesterday if we didn't do chocolate because Sunshine has Type 1 Diabetes and I explained that she can indeed eat anything everyone else eats (as long as we match the carbohydrates in the food with insulin)...but we have always avoided sugar, long before diabetes arrived.
The rest of our day was spent on the land, playing by the pond and digging in the garden. All week long, the sun has shone warmly down on us and we have been outside all day, nearly every day. Now with Papa home for the whole week, we will continue with our chicken coop and with building a few more raised beds.
While the children planted their tulips this afternoon after our picnic, I had a nostalgic moment wondering if this is the last of our "magical" holidays as Forrest is on the cusp of leaving behind some parts of the fairy world. Will he still believe in St. Nicholas in eight months or will this dreamy veil lift a little to see with eyes anew? It is so very poignant to watch your child trying to leap ahead and be around the next corner, chasing after the next dream when, as a parent, you just want to hold onto them and have them linger a little longer in your safe, loving embrace.
Those days are most assuredly on their way, and it will all indeed come to pass as it should...but today...well, today was just perfect. I think I'll stick with today ~ for now.