Friday, July 15, 2011

Little Girl and a Pony




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ever elizabeth july 2011

Ever comes to work with me every day in the infant/toddler room of the same preschool that Lola attended her fourth year, and every summer the kids gather in the grass (ie: dirt) yard around chickens, geese, ponies, rabbits and a goat named Daisy. Daisy has curly strings attached to her tail and a surprisingly good attitude toward little people. The chickens and rabbits huddle scratch and screetch and sniff in their pen while tiny hands pat pat pat ( verrrry softly, the caretaker says over and over, squatting next to them ) the fluff and feathers. Summer brings sweaty babies and waterplay and snacks in the yard and farms to your school!

I had no idea when I dressed Ever in her little pony dress that this was the day an actual pony would come to school, and didn't realize the correlation until I sat her up on the kind and mopey pony and made the connection. Pictures ensued. Ever ( as you can see! ) loved the pony, and by this I mean she had no idea what was going on at all. My idea of her running thoughts: Hi Mom! Oh look at the trees! That nice lady is singing. My seat feels funny. My butt hurts. I'm wobbly! Hi Mom! Look at the trees! And at the very end, she looked down and looked back up and opened her mouth in a little oval and howled. Moooom! What am I SITTING ON!!??

I pulled her off the pony (oh my God LOOK at those fat fat little leggies!!!munchmunchmunch) and as we stood and petted the gentle creature, I had one of those peak moments where happiness is so shining and clear and strong that you become still like a little rabbit, straw stuck motionless in mouth, eyes fixed on nothing but the bright light of love for life. For my Lola, who was so recently the baby in my arms. For my children. For my place of work, like a second home. For my co-workers, so familiar, so comfortable. For my husband, always, always with me, wherever I am. For the little baby that we lost at 13 weeks, always, always our baby. For sunshine, green grass, dirt and little girls on ponies.





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clearness said...

What a happy little cowgirl. Gorgeous!

Marion said...

I can see a pony in Ever's future. LOL! She looks so joyous on that horse. A fabulous photo, Maggie. You are so blessed...

xo,
Marion

"I brought children into this dark world because it needed the light that only a child can bring." ~Liz Armbruster

Ms. Moon said...

Girl. I know those moments. They are crystalized love.

Petit fleur said...

The cuteness is overwhelming.

Good for you for consciously appreciating and basking in your moment.

xo

Elizabeth said...

wonderful -- what joy -- and I loved hearing about your moment of perfect, perfect happiness --

S.A. said...

That is a criminally cute picture!! Those thighs are just edible. She looks a lot like her sister here.

S.A. said...

That is a criminally cute photo! Those thighs are just edible. She looks a lot like her sister here.

Marion said...

I thought of you last night. My home a/c went out and my son-in-law looked at it and said, "It's your flux capacitor". LOL! Holy shit! xo

Diana said...

Such a tender post. Normally I'd turn my head at the confusion for the warmth of motherhood, but the older I get, the more I want it. So sweet.

Juniper said...

Love the way you are able to explain this moment, the pure happiness and appreciation and presence... love it!
Love those chunky little legs and the look on Ever's face too!

Sadie said...

What a great photo! And an awesome memory to go with it.

She's cuter than a button, btw.

Darcy said...

and then i smiled :-)

Lone Star Ma said...

Yes.

anymommy said...

"I had one of those peak moments where happiness is so shining and clear and strong that you become still like a little rabbit, straw stuck motionless in mouth, eyes fixed on nothing but the bright light of love for life."

I have these moments, I just couldn't have put it into words like this. (Ever. My heart.)

Caroline of Salsa Pie said...

♥ I love moments like that- and I always say to myself "i want to remember this moment forever." when everything seems so clear and perfect.
Ever is SO adorable, Maggie. What a CUTIE pie!!!

Sarcastic Bastard said...

Wow, I can't believe how Ever has grown. She is a doll.

Love you, Mags.

SB

mosey said...

I've been away for a while but I love that the first post of yours I read was this one because oh-emm-gee look at Ever! munchmunchmunch indeed. I have missed your writing.

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