of kale + silly faces
Yesterday was one of those bright late winter days, almost a little warm outside, and triumphantly sunny. After work, I walked home nearly skipping. Partly because of the beautiful weather and partly because I was wearing a swingy dress that makes me smile real big. (My 2012 resolution to have more fun with my clothes has turned out to be a wonderfully enjoyable creative expression!) I spent the evening eating a ridiculously delicious (and healthy!) dinner inspired by this lady and then headed over to my sister’s to spend some time with my sister Johanna, my mom, and my niece, Addison.
As we’re sitting on the couch, chatting, Addie turns to me and says, “Caroline, I want to see silly pictures on your ca-dooder!” (She’s still working on the word “computer”.) I introduced her awhile back to PhotoBooth and she has become enthralled, even though she’s still not sure how the camera “is inside the ca-dooder”. However, Auntie C was without laptop last night, so we made do with my iPhone. Her faces are still making me laugh.
I’ve been trying to slow down and really be present in these light-hearted moments, especially as my thoughts have been growing towards the sacrificial season of Lent that is nearly upon us. I will get up very early tomorrow and drive to church, to sit in the silence of a darkened former shopping mall and let my brother or sister wipe a cross of ashes on my forehead. As I consider very intentional and deep movements towards what must die and what must rise, I know these moments of silly faces and crunchy kale will become evermore precious.
(As for interesting thoughts on Lent, my dear friend Jettie has some wonderful words to share.)
Be blessed today and enjoy the silly-faced, bright, kale-filled moments. It’s the good stuff.