I hope you had a lovely weekend, dear reader. It's late and the entire week has been busy...I feel a bit lost with it all.
But even with the rush and distraction, this day was filled with miracles.
For starters, Sherlock molted! And he regenerated a new little leg!!
I'll expound more later, but it was very poignant for me.
Even as I write this I can hear your eyeballs rolling, but I'm not kidding. It was.
The second miracle was no less wondrous.
I went out to the desert yesterday evening with Caroline, it being the first available moment to gather creosote branches for our Easter tree.
The girls decorated it as they always do, exclaiming over creosote's aroma which is reminiscent of fresh rain.
Sophie is nowhere to be found in these pictures, incidentally, as she was out of town playing volleyball.
We missed her.
The tree was lovely--an ode to life, to spring, to a childhood memory of the blossoming branches my mother brought into our home at this glorious time of year.
Early this morning, when I was up marveling over Sherlock's transformation, I saw this: a delicate, breathtaking web created by some tiny stowaway, the result of an industry which must have unfolded over the course of the entire night.
I know there are factual explanations for many of the wonders of this world, but that makes them no less miraculous to me. Such an intricate piece of art, the expression of this spider's instinct, its poetic little soul.
I feel badly we spirited him away from the desert. Caroline and I decided to enjoy his creation another day, then clip the branch and return him to the great outdoors.
It's late and I think my brain has long since gone to bed, but I found myself thinking of Sherlock and that little web throughout the day. Something about such resilience, about the determination to press on, to adapt, to transform, to create beauty in a strange place...
Whether it's purely by instinct and has nothing to do with character or determination, it still inspires me.
It still makes me see I have a ways to go before I'm quite as evolved.