Six

IMG_3280 Little A, how did this happen? How did you grow up so quickly before my very eyes? Did I not pay attention carefully enough? How did I let the busy routine of life distract me from seeing what a big girl you’ve become? IMG_3287 IMG_3282 This past weekend, we celebrated Little A’s sixth birthday with some good friends whose son, Little J, was born just one day earlier. They have known each other all their lives, and with the exception of last August when we were in San Antonio, they have also celebrated every birthday together. We stayed in a cabin in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, about an hour and half from Portland in Washington. The cabin, nestled in a lush old growth forest, was once a guard station. There was no electricity and no running water, but no one seemed to notice. IMG_3231 IMG_3234 IMG_3353 IMG_3309 IMG_3262 IMG_3260 On the morning of Little A’s birthday, we went for a walk to a nearby waterfall. Little J’s sister, Little N, worked hard to keep up with the big kids. IMG_3330 IMG_3320 IMG_3321 IMG_3323 It took us about two hours to get to the waterfall, a 1.7 mile hike. There were some whining and grumbling along the way, but also shouts of awe and glee as we came upon gigantic slugs and beetles. IMG_3345 IMG_3372 This trip was not just a reunion but also a homecoming, a return to the landscape and a rhythm of life I missed. I know that this was not the kind of birthday celebration she had become accustomed to attending, as the parties in San Antonio had a lot of bells and whistles and often involved glitter, make overs and party favors. I hope that when Little A thinks back to her sixth birthday, she will remember it as the day she walked through tall and ancient trees to a waterfall, sat on a rock, and enjoyed snacks with her best friends as they took in the marvel around them. IMG_3381     Postscript, written by Little A:    she carried little n  and  when little n  was crying  little a  would   comfort  her   little j and  little a   would  play  with                                           little n   when   she was   sad    

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2 thoughts on “Six

  1. So great! Happy birthday A! Beautiful photos and I’m sure she will have wonderful memories. My camping / nature trips as a kid are very nostalgically imprinted in my mind. 🙂

    • Thanks so much! I’m glad to hear that you have such fond memories of these camping/nature trips. I didn’t do any camping as a child with my family so I am never sure how she will remember them. It heartens me to think that this trip might also be one day nostalgically imprinted in her mind.

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