I must be in a particularly sappy mood today. While out taking pictures of the deck for my porch blog, this slice of color caught my eye. I had to stop and shoot it because it touched me and made me a little sad.
A few weeks ago, when we started our porch project, we cleaned out under the deck. In that clean out, we gave the girls' old sandbox along with several other toys they've outgrown to our next door neighbor who has a toddler. We were thrilled that they could get more use and save them some money in the process. We thought we had gathered up all the toys associated with the sandbox but this must have been missed. Originally a bright red color, it has been left in the sun and neglected leaving it faded but remarkably, given what's been going on in our yard for the past few months, still in one piece. I spied it up against the end of the swing set partially covered in leaves.
I eventually picked it up and brushed it off. As I gazed at the bunny's extruded smiling face I flashed back to when it was new. Images of the girls digging in the sand, spinning on the tire swing and climbing up and down the slide flashed through my mind. Where has the time gone? Wasn't that just a few months ago? I remember reluctantly going outside and sitting there watching them play impatiently waiting for the day they could do this on their own. Becoming irritated when they needed a kiss or a hug but it was so hot that touching anyone was just unthinkable. Yes, in the back of my mind I always knew the adage, "They grow up so fast" and I've paused occasionally to reminisce. This, however, was different. For the first time it hit me and it hit me hard that we are far removed from that time. My babies aren't babies any more. They are young ladies who have minds and lives of their own.
That's not to say I don't get plenty of hugs and kisses any more. At 8 and 10, they are still lovable and need their mother plenty. For some reason this forlorn piece of plastic resonated with my sentimental side and made me a bit nostalgic for the innocence that is indeed, fleeting.
I'm a mother of 2 girls living in NC. I've dabbled in photography on and off but really this is just for fun