These Are The Days

In the first few minutes of the day when my eyes are barely open and I am still shaking off the last bits of sleep, there’s an increasing sense of expectation as I pull myself back to a waking awareness that I can feel around the edges of my consciousness, a sort of shadowy sense memory that today is a special day and I think to myself, what’s happening today … because it feels like Christmas and birthdays all rolled into one and then I remember that someone very special is sleeping in the next room and I smile as I stretch and think about how excited I am to have another day with her.

Another beautiful blue sky day where we get to explore the world or at least our part of it and I have a chance to see her across the table from me sharing a meal and the kind of table talk you miss when you are separated by distance.

Later we’ll have moments lost in uncontrollable giggling as we look over our pictures of the day and laugh at the funny ways the wind can make our hair look when it catches it and whips it high above our heads where it is captured forever in photograph that neither of us will want to share.

She won’t because she thinks that it’s not her at her best and I won’t because the moment of laughter is so special that I will want hold on to it … keeping it private for just the two of us, a memory of the laughing sweet days we shared in Cornwall she when goes back to America .

I think to myself over morning coffee that these are the days, and how I remember hearing a song with the same title for the first time, in a car, at a traffic light, in 1992, when moments with my then four-year old daughter were everything I wanted to hold on to and remember. These are still the days …


6 thoughts on “These Are The Days

  1. Glad you are having such a wonderful time! And now I’m wishing (yes, it’s true) that my mother was here. She turns sixty on Friday and we won’t see her until August. So I’ll just have to read about your joy at having your daughter visit and live vicariously though you.

  2. You look like you are on top of the world and everything is right and good. So glad you are having these special days!

    (Thanks for the link to the video of Natalie singing and twirling. I love that song (most all her songs), but I haven’t seen her twirl in a long time, and it was nice to take a break and watch it.)

    I’m smiling, thinking of you and your daughter together. 🙂

  3. Awww. Thank you for sharing. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. I love my time with my girls and at 37, I am thankful to only be an hour from my own mom and plan stuff with her as often as I can.

  4. I have a hair going upwards pic like that, by the sea and likewise, sworn not to show others but a giggle every time it gets looked at by the hairraised or the pic taker. So funny. I am glad the cornish weather is doing its best for your daughter’s visit, and hopefully she will see rain also so she sees Cornwall in a variety of its moods and states. Lovely to see the fun you are both having.

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