Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A grin that heals

Today was one of those days that felt productive and interesting, but it was a day that just. would. not. end. I even made myself a cup of coffee at 5 p.m. so I could keep going.

So when I was ready to leave the office, I opted for walking. It was nearing sundown and I'd forgotten to bring a scarf or cardigan, props I generally use to feel more culturally appropriate when I walk. So I earned a tiny bit of verbal harassment, but the sky was beautiful and it was still precisely a good way to end the day.

After greeting the guest-house-mates, I headed up to my room and set about doing some yoga. This was a day that begged for a good yoga workout. And so I did my balance poses, my flows and my breathing on the purple yoga mat in a little nook by the balcony. I was facing my bed.

Next to my bed I have taped two photos courtesy of my sister-in-law. One is of my parents, brother, sis-in-law and nephew. The other one is of me with my nephew. The grin he sports in this photo screams that this is a happy boy who knows he's loved. Yes, he is. And so, with every readjustment of my tired limbs, I'd start counting the breaths and feel my soul rejuvenate as I absorbed the cheery-faced image of a two-year old who I love very very dearly.

15 comments:

Ruthiey said...

I'm pretty sure two years old is one my very favorite ages.

LauraX said...

so sweet Kati, what a perfect end to a full day.

Bethany Ann said...

now i'm smelling coffee and fresh air on the streets. :) my sister's nephews are getting a little cranky. i shall stretch and readjust my limbs in their direction, i guess.

Heather said...

So sweet! I have had many of those 5pm coffee days :)

Carrie Burtt said...

Kati this is precious....children always touch the heart with a smile! :-)

Brian Miller said...

i would have walked as well...and yeah mine are a bit bigger now but...twos are def cute...

alittlebitograce said...

there is a reason why two is such an adorable age....:) my baby has one week left of being two. i can't decide whether to cry or rejoice!

my yoga class meets in a darkened room lit by candles. it's very relaxing. but gazing on the adorable face of dearly loved one would work a special sort of magic. perhaps i'm a wee bit jealous. :)

Jodi said...

I enjoyed reading this. Thank you for sharing your day.

happygirl said...

I need to do yoga after work and skip the whiskey. I think that would help. Thank you for writing. I needed this.

emily wierenga said...

ahhh... lovely. LOVED this line: it was still precisely a good way to end the day.

thank you kati.

patty said...

and this is why i love photographs...
xo

nic said...

i love that you chose the walk, the yoga, the focusing on all of your dear ones. seems like you know the secret of making the perfect ending to even the longest day.

ps also? i adore the meaning of your screen name. beautiful.

Leslie said...

Nothing like the smile of a toddler to brighten a day... this was a nice little glimpse into your world, and I'm glad it ended on this happy note :)

happygirl said...

nuts, went with vodka instead of yoga. Really, NUTS, I need to make the change.

Erin said...

2 year old grins have a way of doing that, don't they?

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