drum circle.

03 August 2011

Summer 2011 is a stretch of time that is imprinting deeply on my brain tissue. Even years from today the distinct sounds, emotions and activities that occurred will roar easily to the surface. This is a sharp season of my life.

The days are bright and long. The newness of life in another foreign country is entertaining and tiring. The pace is simultaneously filled with the work of unpacking, the laughter of siblings, the calmness of newborn nursing, and the shrieks of 'what the?!' in figuring out the many quirks of our new country. But, without a doubt, the sharpest memory of this life season will be in the simple thrill that has come from stopping the 'work' and just being with my now expanded family.

On a recent afternoon, I was unpacking a box. The baby was sitting on a carpet at my feet. My five year old was playing pirate while my seven year old was coloring. As I pulled out our collection of drums acquired during our life in Thailand, my two oldest children sat down next to the baby, gently pushing a drum in front of him. I sat down and pounded away with them, smiling and knowing that this moment was forever sharp.

8 comments:

Elsie said...

I want to live in your house! The drums look like so much fun!

Hanlie said...

Nice that you can stop and smell the roses!

Anonymous said...

And even the 'dog' joined in! LOL!

David said...

Where did you get that carpet? It's fab. I've been looking for one with an unusual pattern for a long time and this is what I want. I have a It looks like you've layered more than one maybe right underneath the other. That's a cool thing. Maybe I should do that. But, that would get expensive! Rambling on now. Just wanted to stop in and let you know I love your blog. I hope you keep at it for a long time.

Margaret said...

Love, love this post!! There are so many memories of life that are sharp. You expressed that perfectly. :)

Shelby from anewbohemia.com said...

@Margaret: Thank you so very much!

Shelby from anewbohemia.com said...

@David: Thank you for the compliments and thank you for finding my blog. The carpets are stacked in this picture because we were still getting settled with our move. I do like a layered carpet look and also enjoy seeing carpets that 'clash' a bit laid side by side since it reminds me of many of the places I've travelled. The top carpet pictured was purchased on Chicken Street in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Anonymous said...

OMG! Your kids are cute even from the tops of their heads! ;)

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