As I drive everyday through the streets of my city this Autumn, I am in constant awe at the beauty of the nature.
The trees are in their final glory, yet that glory is still breathtaking and blazing with colors. The sun that accompanies them in the recent days, just enhances their beauty. I truly enjoy it everyday.
I have no pictures for real. I have hurt emotions. I have seen an old ex-friend today. We were friends for five years. Our daughters were great friends. And then something happened. I won't say what, but it changed our relationship. I do not like to blame others, but at this case I know I wasn't at fault. I called. I send Christmas cards. My daughter asked what had happened. It was hard to give her answers.
I have not seen my friend for over three years. Today she saw me first, but before I could say hello, she turned her head away from me. It hurts...
The room was dark. In the middle stood a shadow box. Behind it an older, elegant woman was speaking in a soft voice. She held a little puppets and the light was making the shadows on the white canvas of the box.
I came to the library for a "Not so spooky stories" with Zuzia nad Kubus. We looked around.
Only one boy sitting in front of the box. I looked at the librarian with disbelief, she shrugged her shoulders and smiled sadly.
I gently pushed my children to sit in the middle of the room. They obliged. Right behind us another child joined in. Two parents sat in chairs. I did too.
The woman stopped her show. She said that it won't happened today, due to the small attendance. I guess she did not want to waste her time.
The children made very sad faces, few parents looked at each other and the librarian asked if the show could go on after all.
The woman agreed.
Not only she was a wonderful story teller, but her shadow puppets was wonderfully made and the children were very much caught up in the story. They actively participated in the show.
When the show ended, the woman allowed them to check her stage, play with the puppets and make up their own show. How I wished I had my camera right then! I don't know who had more fun, I or them!
It was only obvious right there, that this Saturday evening we are going to have a shadow show at home. This first time there was a lot of improvisation, ( we still have to make a proper shadow box ), a few adjustments and a lot of laughter.
I am just so glad that the show in the library went on!
Kubus is turning four tomorrow; but it did not stop us from starting to celebrate today.
Few good friends came over with moms to keep me company. The fellowship was great!
Too bad that I put the ISO on my camera high! The pictures did not turn the way I expected them to :(
Aren't they cute? They seemed to be enjoying the party, but what they really like the most, was "trash" from the birthday cake !!!
It is 10:10 pm.
The chamomile tea is steeping, for me and Kateri. She is studying for the test tomorrow on world religions and has decided to join me for my evening tea ritual:)
She has mentioned the fact that reading "Story of the World" with me while I was still trying to afterschool her those few years ago ( not anymore, too much work in Pegasus program ), really helped her with this particular class. Time spend with children always pays off. Either it is time spend on learning or playing !!!
Andrzej is reading a book and the two youngest ones are asleep.
And that's our family life for this evening.
I am afraid there will be more days like this; with kids studying until long hours of the night.
I remember myself going to bed around 3 am in the morning and getting up at 7 am to go to school, but that was high school and with so many chores at home, my studying time was starting around 8 or 9 in the evening.
Sometimes I wonder what is better; for the kids to get better education or for them to get more of family life. What is going to benefit them in life later on? I do want to know, I have yet get the right answer. Good advice is really appreciated...
Few sneak peaks from today and with anticipation for the upcoming birthday weekend of our favorite little boy, who is not so little any more :-(
Getting few things ready for small unofficial b-day party
Kubus with his favorite "mis"
A peak into totally planned messiness; the reveal tomorrow!