Sunday, May 28, 2006

Even the sunset was perfect

If you're weary of reading about my family outings, then just scroll down to the riveting discussion of ghosts.

If you're remotely interested in what I did this weekend, here are some photos. I regret that they don't include what would have been the best shot: an alligator snoozing beside an empty beer bottle. Alex and I came across that humorous scene while paddleboating at the lake on Saturday. I've never been more miffed at myself for being without my camera.

Jessica and Wesley showed up late Saturday night with significant others in tow, so it was a full house. We stayed up way, way too late watching movies but managed to drag ourselves out of bed at a reasonable hour to strap the canoe on the car and head to the creek. I rented two more canoes when we got there and off we went.

Of course the kids hammed it up the entire time. Wesley decided he'd wear my hat after I assured him that it didn't look gay, merely homoerotic. Lucas wore a safari hat - the perfect androgenous headware for a little boy frequently mistaken for a little girl.

Wes and Courtney, ever spontaneous, pulled the boat on shore and climbed out onto a fallen tree for a picture.

I spotted a brown water snake in a dead Christmas tree floating near the shore. I took a shot of him and then grabbed him so the kids could pet him.

It's not a good idea to grab snakes if you don't know what kind they are, but living with a reptile expert like Larry, I've learned to identify them at a glance. Of course, the kids all thought it was great and everyone took turns petting the snake which, fortunately, was more interested in escaping than biting.

Courtney and Brandon's mothers are apparently afraid of snakes. I'm sure they'll be thrilled when they see pictures from the canoe trip. If it makes them feel any better, their children appear to be phobia-free and show potential to be really good snake handlers.

Even Jessica petted the snake, and was such a good sport all the way around, risking additional sunburn to the dose she received yesterday at the beach. Here's a picture of her paddling the canoe. I really love this shot of her.

The kids decided to race their canoes back on the last leg of the journey. Larry and I considered joining the competition, but were quickly reminded of how decrepit we are and adopted a more leisurely pace as Lucas, sitting between us, cheered for both teams.

It was such a nice weekend, and although I've said it here many times before it's the simple things in life that bring us the most joy. I can't think of any material thing, any professional accomplishment that brings me as much pure joy as an afternoon with my family.

Now that my two oldest children have such wonderful companions the happiness of being with them has only increased. I am so extremely grateful.

It was just the most wonderful day and then, when I went outside after it was nearly over I saw this.

Like I said, even the sunset was perfect.

22 comments:

prettylady said...

Well, I'm not tired of hearing stories about your family. I read it twice and peered intently at all the photos. Cheers!

Mysteriously, when I came home from doing a late outcall, my entire apartment smelled like someone had been burning a cinnamon/pumpkin candle in it, despite the fact that I'd only been burning my special lavender, ylang-ylang and patchouli aromatherapy blend. Spooky. But very pleasant.

Roland said...

I wonder why so many posts are left under the ghost stories and very few under the ones about family life?

Okay, maybe not.

But I can relate to these better.
If most people would slow down a little, they might too. ;)

Glad you had a great weekend!

Joy.

Roland said...

You know what, add some love and happiness to that joy.

Morgan said...

"I wonder why so many posts are left under the ghost stories and very few under the ones about family life?"

Roland, I think the average person often fails to see the divinity and beauty in the "mundane" of day to day life.

My awesome day represents the same-old-same-old for a lot of people, but to me it was extraordinary.

Of course, you'll also notice that, ironically, the True Christians™ never post replies when I write about my family. But I have but to whisper "gay sex" or "porn" to have them flood the comment section. ;-)

"You know what, add some love and happiness to that joy."

It's all in there together, baby. Hope your weekend was wonderful, too.

Morgan said...

"Well, I'm not tired of hearing stories about your family. I read it twice and peered intently at all the photos. Cheers!"

Thank you, Pretty Lady.

And that's cool about the scent in your apartment. Perhaps you're being visited by the Ghost of Thanksgivings past. :-)

JohnR said...

Morgan: I don't think that people fail to see the divinity but what else could someone post except "you have a lovely family(you do)"

There isn't really much to say about posts like these, unless you are expecting a few "wow, you're family really sucks."

I think the divinity and beauty of everyday life is hard to experience through someone else's life, most people are experiencing it through their own lives. Even the True Christians.

It is more of a 'you had to be there' type of thing.

Nice Pictures.

JohnR

JohnR said...

...'your family' not 'you're family'...

Morgan said...

I hear what you're saying, JohnR. I wasn't suggesting that people aren't Christians if they "don't" post comments to entries about my family.

It's just funny to me that so many of the people who chew on the porn posts like dogs with a bone are the same ones who go on and on about the imporatance of family values. But let's face it, a post about family values isn't nearly as much fun for some people - even professed Christians - as posts about sodomy. That's just the type of world we live in.

No, people don't *have* to comment on my family, but even mundane little posts like these open up the possibility for rememberances of their own, trips they've taken with their kids, etc. Or just - as Roland expressed - an affirmation that slowing down can help us be more mindful of the true beauty of life.

w2m said...

"No, people don't *have* to comment on my family, but even mundane little posts like these open up the possibility for rememberances of their own, trips they've taken with their kids, etc."

I was going to post a comment regardless and say that I am happy you had a wonderful weekend. You look like you all had an enjoyable time and it is refreshing to see how much you cherish your family and the time you have together!

But I saw this comment and THAT made me think of a time when I went canoeing with my family. It was bright and beautiful and my husband paddled our way far. Then out of the blue grey clouds came out and we saw lightning in the distance. My poor husband turned the boat around and paddled as fast as he could.

A man came up fast behind us and I asked, "why can't you go as fast as him?" and my husband replied, "because that SOB has a motor!"

We made it to shore just in time for the tremendous downpour that followed. That was extremely frightening but in retrospect, one of the best memories my family has!

Morgan said...

A man came up fast behind us and I asked, "why can't you go as fast as him?" and my husband replied, "because that SOB has a motor!"

*grin* That's why you always take two paddles.
Larry wants to get a little motor for our canoe but I'm trying to talk him out of it. I like the slower pace. You can see more. But it would make the return trip a lot easier.

Janet said...

Cool :)

Morgan said...

Thanks, Janet!

eaglewood said...

As one of your True Christians™ I am glad you had a good weekend with your family. I would have liked to of had as restfull a weekend as you did.

thimscool said...

Ah, Morgan. If only you’d have been Eve, you would’ve grabbed that serpent by the throat and said, “Says who, pet?”

~~~

“I think the average person often fails to see the divinity and beauty in the "mundane" of day to day life.”

My Orthodox Jewish friend also explained to me that Messiah will enjoy and praise every single bowel movement. I’m dying for somebody to eloquently refute this wisdom. Until then I am riveted by the possibility that someone could be that focused.

thimscool said...

Morgan, you Troglodyte!

Let him get the motor, as long as it's electric. You'll be pleased with the results.

thimscool said...

Ah yes, and the second to last pic is a real keeper.

Interesting shading.

Morgan said...

Thimscool, maybe you're right. Maybe I should give in on the motor issue. Electric motors are quiet and just because it's on the canoe doesn't mean we always have to use it.
See how being called a troglodyte shames me? ;-)

"Ah, Morgan. If only you’d have been Eve, you would’ve grabbed that serpent by the throat and said, “Says who, pet?”

If I had been Eve God would have had to employ a giant talking cockroach. Cockroaches gross me out. You're right. I would have just petted the snake.


"My Orthodox Jewish friend also explained to me that Messiah will enjoy and praise every single bowel movement."

I thought most guys did that... ;-)

Morgan said...

"As one of your True Christians™ I am glad you had a good weekend with your family. I would have liked to of had as restfull a weekend as you did."

Thank you, Eaglewood. The older I get the more I realize the benefits of *having* to slow down. Things are so much sweeter when you take your time.
Even though your weekend was busy, I still hope it was joyful.

thimscool said...

"If I had been Eve God would have had to employ a giant talking cockroach. "

So God employed the serpent? I thought that was after the fall...

Eaglewood, little help?

thimscool said...

Er... I mean the fall of the angels, not humans.

The progenitors of the nephilim.

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