Sunday, March 30, 2008

Forever Young

Yesterday was a tonic, spent with friends old and new and kids thrown together from here and there over the last 15 plus years. The weather for our getaway was beautiful, and the spirit of gathering also beautiful.

My kids and Shameless' all had been looking forward to this day last week, and they wasted not a minute. Even better, they were able to introduce a couple other young friends into the mix.

At one point, they took their "project" out of doors, and we adults drifted to the picture window like it was a magnetic field. There we all stood, transfixed, gazing out at the wonder beyond the glass: a full-throttle impromptu game and on the faces of little people a joy and gusto that we as grownups would these days find hard to emulate. Late into the evening we played, until the grownups couldn't take anymore.

Leaving that behind and looking ahead to spring break was kind of sad, but those are the moments, the days, that make being a kid so great.

Stunning to us ever is the fact that, despite our wishes to the contrary, our children are growing up. They have a wicked sense of humor, a purehearted snarky streak, vision, fearlessness, and ideas all their own. Another ten years from now, I so hope that life hasn't tamed those things, but I am afraid it will.

This one is for all the "kids" we had fun with this weekend -- including those very tall ones over the age of 40 who, I noticed, quite willingly let out their inner kids during what looked like a pretty heated game of Wii tennis. May we all be forever young.

You might enjoy listening like I did later today to Forever Young by Bob Dylan. Watch it performed here by Tim O'Brien with Danny Barnes (banjo), Casey Driessen(fiddle), and Dennis Crouch (bass) at Rockygrass 2006.

PS--That Tim. He's such a Chameleon. Click on the link to see what he's been up to lately.


At March 31, 2008 9:44 PM, Blogger Piepiepie said...

:-) It was fun to see you and those gorgeous, fun kiddos of yours. X wants to know when he gets to see his friend A again.

At April 01, 2008 7:08 AM, Blogger Mando Mama said...

Same here! Wonderful hanging out with you and Mr. Pie. That Shameless throws a good gathering. I promise to get myself organized for an online boggle match soon.


At April 01, 2008 7:10 AM, Blogger Shameless Agitator said...

Thank you for the visit. It was fun watching all of our kids do their thing. You're right, they are amazing. I too hope I can get mine raised without squashing the qualities that sometimes drive me nuts but that I know will bide them well as adults.

I was a nervous wreck this morning when eldest daughter drove to school for the first time by herself (and with youngest daughter) since getting her license a few weeks ago.

Thanks again for the visit!


At April 02, 2008 8:43 AM, Blogger Mando Mama said...

Thank YOU for always making us feel so welcome and making every visit a special experience. It was fun to hear the kids talking about things that happened among them ten years ago...I'm so grateful that we have that kind of connection.


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