With Light And To Shine
and call out, "Stay awhile."
The light flows from their branches.
And they call again, "It's simple," they say,
"and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine." ~ Mary Oliver
We took S to the Morris for our Tree Adventure. We had been longing for this trip for quite some time. Upon waking S screamed, "PHILADELPHIA TREE ADVENTURE"!!!
The squirrel's eye view from 50 feet in the air was spectacular!
We explored the 40 acre gardens and discovered a wonderful stream with a section of large flat stepping stones. S loves streams and could easily have spent the entire day in this one spot. In his excitement he stepped on the ONE wet stone in the lot and landed flat on his back in the water.
He spent the rest of the day in his underpants. At first S was concerned about being seen in his skivvies, but he didn't feel like walking back to the car where I always keep a change of clothes for him just in case.
I assured him that it was really no different than wearing shorts or a bathing suit and he quickly dismissed his prior inhibitions. The best moment was at the time I took these two photo, before he realized that his undies were on backwards. He made a switcheroo in the bathroom, else he might attract attention.
The sight of S running wild in his underpants produced many smiles from young and old alike. I imagine that some were contemplating the scenario that would have lead to such a predicament. Still others were grins of longing, yearning to be that carefree again or perhaps remembering a time when they were.
I found a few old stone walls, mottled and mossy and couldn't resist sitting there for a spell before making our way to Patrick Dougherty's Summer Palace.
When we came upon the Summer Palace, S squealed with pure joy. I sat in the grass speechless. It was truly magical.
To quote my son, "It was MAGNIFICENT!"