After spending our morning taking care of the daily drudge (chores, etc.) we headed down to West Fork in late afternoon to clear our heads and play in the water. I've been doing the single mom thing for 10ish days and yesterday I felt a little thinner around the edges (not the right edges - only the mental edges) so getting out was so beneficial.
These little men are so in love with the trails we follow. Tonight, as we went to bed, Paugie said, "Mama, I love spending time exploring the Creation. There are always new things to see and understand and it brings out the best in each of us. I think God made it to show us how much He loves us"
That lil McScot was awesome and showed us all what she's made of: something hilarious.
At one point on the trail, we were passed by a Mom and two kids. The Mom and daughter were relatively friendly, but the boy (probably 10) was rude and looked very unhappy. When Paugie said, "Hello!" the boy just looked at him with a scowl and walked on by, as if he hoped none of us would continue engaging him in additional conversation. I reminded the boys that possibly the young man had autism or something similar. About 1/4 mile down the trail we caught up to the same family, as they were crossing the creek over the stepping stones. Lochlan let go of my hand, took off at a run and galloped through the creek. He ran directly to the miserable boy and wrapped his arms around him in the tightest, most sincere hug, laying his head against his chest and smiling with his whole face. We all stood utterly dumbfounded on the opposite shore and the boy's mom had tiny tears in her face and was smiling from ear to ear. The boy stood completely still and did not seem to know what to do, but he didn't pull away. I do not have any idea what happened... I just know it changed us all. The love in Lochlan's heart in that moment for that person was the most beautiful expression of love I have ever encountered. Last night, I overheard Madigan say to Lochlan, "You are such a loving and kind man. I didn't know you could love that much." While all the rest of us wrestled our judgment, Lochlan ran right past judgement and into the heart of that very-possibly-hurting human.
We returned home after dark and as I was pulling into the driveway, I felt a little overwhelmed that I really had no idea what to feed everyone for dinner (#poorplanning #strungout). Right then, my phone messages started coming in, as I'd had it on airplane mode all afternoon. Dearest Kathy said she had bought us dinner from Schwan's - pot roast, mashed potatoes, corn, and brownies - and it was waiting for us at her house. I, again, teared up (seem to be doing a lot of that these days) and thought to myself how insanely beautiful so much of life is, if we but realize it amidst the chaos. I know that I am deeply blessed.