I drew this image for the Fall Issue of Woolgathering. It’s my daughter, Penelope, waiting for the bus in her very first jean jacket, which she received as her birthday present last May.
In the Fall Issue, I wrote about how I cherish my time waiting for the bus with her. We notice the nature around us, discuss our days ahead, or just dance around to keep warm. It’s just a lovely way to spend 15 minutes in the morning. That said, this morning I was absorbed in posting on Instagram and not paying attention to her. She sat down and started reading Book 6 of Harry Potter. After the bus took her away, I had a little bit of an empty feeling - like when you don’t get to say goodbye to someone. I did say goodbye and gave hugs, but I know that my attention was pulled into my phone and social media land and not on her. Uggh! I am so frustrated with myself.
Anyway, there is always tomorrow’s bus!
Happy back to school time for everyone - whether you have school aged kids in your life or not. This time of year marks a shift in our energy and certainly in our natural worlds. Take some time to notice the changes around you and inside you today!!!
Look for more information about Woolgathering, my quarterly magazine about the seasons, on my website here.
Woolgathering is becoming a hallmark of each season, bringing stories, illustrations, and essays about how we are connected to the cycles and seasons in nature!
Anna Lentz, artist, writer, and creativity coach who blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.