There are a few things that immediately scream childhood to me. Jumping on the bed, licking the cake bowl whilst baking, and of course jumping in muddy puddles. There’s just something about these things that are full of innocence and childish excitement and even now I smile at the memories of them from my own past. The great thing about having children is that you get a second chance to experience these things all over again. And true, the experience is different. Most of the time we’re only spectating and if we do get involved, well, I think there aren’t many of us who haven’t been bruised a bit by life and therefore are unlikely to still be filled with a child’s wonder and innocence. But that doesn’t tarnish the experience for me. If anything it enhances it because I get to both relive my childhood and create my child’s at the same time. How magical is that?!
Last weekend we went for a walk through the woods and the path back to the car took us along a dirt road with a lot of puddles. Lyra spotted them straight away and quickly looked up at us with eyes full of excitement to check that it was OK. It would have been so easy to say no and hurry her back along to the car. Athena was fed up and it was really, really cold. I didn’t really fancy stripping Lyra down when we got back to the car either since we hadn’t put her waterproof trousers on (rookie error). But, well, we had to say yes really. A little nod was all it took and she was off, full speed towards the first one. We had to steer her away from some of the bigger ones which we were worried may have been deep enough to go up to her knees but for the most part we just let her play.
After she’d been splashing for a little bit I managed to get her to slow down long enough to get a few photos of her. I think they may be some of my favourite that I’ve ever taken. She’s so caught up in the moment, in the excitement of such a little thing and, well, the fact that she’s wearing butterfly wings. That just makes it all the sweeter.
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