June 23, 2012

The Sun Rains




I walk out my front door and begin to jog slowly. She rides next to me on her bike. Then she looks over to me and smiles. We move over grass and along the sidewalks, then down the steep hill in our neighborhood. Ahead of us her sister rides with the wind in her hair. Swerving with a certain rhythm, she glides down the quiet street. It’s summer now and the air is warm from the sun raining down. A gentle breeze blows on our backs.

We stop at the playground. They spun there on tire swings as toddlers. Tether ball, basketball, soccer, kite flying, skateboarding. We’ve done them all there over the years. I stretch and they squeeze in a few minutes on what is now just little kid’s stuff. We move on, through next neighborhood. They roll while I run. We cruise past the young families, strollers. My youngest watches her sister, but stays close to me. Stopping when I lag. I feel no pressure to run faster, just a desire to absorb the moments.

We stop for a drink. Soft drinks for them, an Americano for me. What am I thinking? I can’t drink a hot beverage in the middle of a run on warm summer day. It sounded good when I ordered it. Then we move again, heading back to our house, this time up the rolling hills, along a trail where lizards like to cross our path. We walk up the steepest section, until we make our way back home.


These are the moments. 


13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wait a second......you're not gonna bail on the mont blanc ??? are you ??? This sounds like a post of last year! Wow Will , all your ducks are in a row , Go gett'em !!!! (side door ???)

Will said...

Ha, very funny bino. I'm still focused on UTMB! My ducks are lining up.

Zaini sultan khan said...

i like running and walking early in the morning .i wake up early in the morning and went for walking or jogging after morning prayer .it helps to maintaining fitness and i feel fresh throughout day.

Cory Reese said...

Awesome! I love the picture and the post. Nothing better than getting your sweat on with the offspring at your side.

Jessie said...

Working out with my kiddies is the best. My 8 year old just had his longest run to date last week. He ran a 10k! Woo hoo! It makes me feel like I am doing a good job instilling healthy habits in them when they ASK to go running with mom!

Will said...

Jessie, I'm still working on getting my kids to run! So far they would rather ride their bikes. Can't blame them though as I used to love riding my bike at their age. It's just nice to have 'em there while I run.

Trail Plodder said...

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realise they were the big things." - Robert Brault

Anne said...

Keep capturing those moments, mentally and on screen or paper. They go by more quickly than you realize. Trust me.

Will said...

Trail plodder, thanks for the words of wisdom. I'm getting better at knowing the little moments are not so little, they're THE moments.

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it's all about pace said...

cherrish those moments... my girls used to ridwe along while I ran... I miss that although now they will occasionaly run with me

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Ralph King said...

I absolutely love walking and running, so I very much appreciate this.

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