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Or … How Ritual and Nature Transformed my Family’s Afternoons.
Afternoons have always been a trying time for my son and I. After his nap he tends to be a bit testy, and I often struggle to wrap up what I was feverishly trying to accomplish while he slept. Plus, we’ve been together (just the two of us) all day; by 4pm we are both looking forward to Daddy’s arrival home from work. I had started to dread that period of waiting.
That is until a simple swing, hung from the walnut tree in our front yard, changed everything. That swing was the perfect reminder to come outside, sit in the shade, and wait patiently for dad’s return. Now, each afternoon is spent under the boughs of that beautiful tree.
With a simple snack and some reading material, the sound of my husband’s truck coming down the road often catches us by surprise. Instead of coming home to a harried wife and whiny son (most days), my husband finds us smiling and waving as he pulls into the driveway. Our family spends much of its time outdoors (on walks and working in the backyard), and yet this special quite time (on the grass, under the tree, on a swing) is nothing short of magic.
Here’s to the power of ritual, and the simple pleasures of a swing.