18 May 2012

The Life We Build

Yesterday, I could feel the grit and dirt of the city all over me when I finally arrived home after a long day at work. I changed into my favorite old college t-shirt and a comfy pair of worn-in jeans, and then Tiho and I jumped on our bikes and headed for the duck pond.

We rode through the neighborhood and along the bike trail, which borders a large creek and turns off into several small parks and reservations. We encountered a lake we had never seen before and watched a mama duck lead her tiny fuzzy babies into the water for a swim. We passed runners, fellow bikers, power-walkers and strollers. We heard the hum of lawn mowers in the distance and the joyous peals of laughter from children frolicking in backyards. I wondered if they had just eaten their dinner, and then begged their parents for five more minutes of playtime before bed. I remember what 7:30 PM felt like as a kid, especially as the days grew longer and the nights, lighter.



I felt the grime and stress of the day melt away as I pedaled. The air smelled exactly like air should smell: fresh, dewey, pure. I was struck by how happy it made me.

This is the life we are building. I am amazed.

(All photos taken with my iPhone).

12 comments:

  1. the power of nature is a wonderful thing

    gorgeous photos :)

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  2. I am pretty much in love with your bike!

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  3. oh, this is a beautiful post, kayla! that feeling of all the dirt/grime/stress washing away is one of the very best feelings. hope you have a relaxing weekend. x

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  4. Oh Kayla, this is just the most beautiful thing. I always feel so blessed when I look around and think just that.

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  5. What a perfect evening! That is a good thought to...We are all in the process of building lives. If they're aren't going like we thought they would, we should stop and ask ourselves why not. Let's build beautiful lives and enjoy the days that they are made of!

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  6. Your last lines brought the tears to my eyes. LOVE it. There's nothing like that feeling of being so wildly blessed.
    You are adorable in your bike helmet with your bicycle.

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  7. sounds like a beautiful day!

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  8. Super post with good info for the experienced.

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  9. Thank you for this information. Very insightful and very helpful.

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  10. This is so helpful. I was thinking of getting fit again but for some reason I can never find the motivation to keep at it.

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  11. I love the idea that life isn’t complete out there without a bicycle.That is a great bike. We have one too, they are great!

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