Last week I took myself on an artist's date. It has been a while, and I realized just how deeply my soul needs this nourishment right now. It has been hard, this past 10 months with my baby. Although he is generally a very happy, easy going baby during the day, he has been a terror at night. It has been wearing me down. I can't even express in words how much I have wanted to just lay down and die some nights, and how hard it is to get up and put on a happy face as I drop my older son off at school in the mornings. Sometimes it's too hard. Sometimes I just give up and go ahead and cry in public, in front of my son's teacher who looks at my face and sees how wrecked I am, and the glimpse of empathy in her face just sends me over the edge.
We are finally starting to get some better nights, but that backlog of sleep deprivation is going to take a while to recover from, and we still have a long way to go. Anyone who has ever been through this will know what I am talking about.
So back to my artist's date. I got my camera and went for a slow walk around LaFarge Lake, really allowing the magic of the camera to soothe me as I looked for just the right angle, just the right shot. And I remembered why I love to take pictures. Because sometimes you need to be reminded...
|that you just need to put on a good pair of walking shoes|
|and look at the world from a different angle|
|that nothing stays the same forever|
|and that even our shadows have something to teach us|
P.S. I'm linking up with Texture Tuesday today. Walk with Nature was layered with Kim Klassen's texture "Charmed."