Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Excercise backstory

My 4yo and I have been making it a habit to walk for the mail during the day, just the two of us. Today, it was rainy and damp. I've been expecting those scripture cd's from CBD. It's been almost 2 weeks and they're not here yet. I'm starting to get a little impatient. Mondays the mail runs late and so rather than walking up in the rain and finding the mailbox empty, I took the car instead. 4 yo went along, and really did sit in the front. It's not that far and it's a private road so I let the kids do it from time to time. Today when I got out for the mail, she asked if she could run home. I was surprised she wanted to do it all by herself. There have been a couple of times she's asked to walk home with her sister. Usually she chickens out and wants back in the car. Today, I let her try it. Go! she yelled and took off down the hill. The look of delight on that little girl's face was priceless. She kept yelling at me over her shoulder. A couple of times she stopped. I was sure she would want back into the car, but she'd take a little breather and keep going. When we pulled up to the house she ran onto the porch and said "I beat you, Mommy!" It was very sweet. The mail, by the way, had not gone yet. A few hours later I went up to check it again. She went along again, and sure enough, when we got to the mailbox she hopped out and took off running. The picture of her running down the hill with her fuzzy culrs bobbing back and forth is locked in my memory, hopefully forever. Not only did I see my 4yo running down that hill, I was able to look ahead in time and see a young woman.