There's something special about Fall. There's a crispness in the air. It is on the cusp of possibility and warmth, of cinnamon and Christmas. It has secretly always been my favorite season, despite the fact that I am pretty sure you are supposed to pledge allegiance to the season in which you were born (sorry, Spring </3).
This season has been especially beautiful: Ximena FINALLY took her first steps! I would be lying if I told you I hadn't worried that she was "behind". In this age of over-sharing, everyones' babies all seemed to have moved well beyond the "walking" stage and into the "running" one. Nothing good ever comes of comparing yourself (or your baby) to other people. I know that, always. But it's HARD.
In any case, I am grateful (another wonderful thing about this season - everyone remembers to be GRATEFUL) for her, for her growth, for my family, for the opportunity to explore.
We took her to her first pumpkin patch and she had a blast.
She was terrified of the animals inside the petting zoo (pretty sure she is a future animal rights activist - she hates eating meats, too). But she had a great time with her To (Abuelito) and her Ta (Abuelita), and her future Nina, Pita. Grateful for them, for all of the love they have for my little creature, and for all of the support they shower M & I with.
Hooray for Fall, for growth at every pace, and for gratitude: may we exude it, may we shower others in it, may we manifest it from the tips of our fingers to the tips of our toes! Below, you will find a short excerpt on gratitude & it's power, from an interview with motivational speaker Tony Robbins:
“[I meditate for] three and a half minutes [on] pure gratitude about three things [every morning]. I pick one of those three to be simple... the wind on my face, my children’s faces, anything. The two emotions that mess us up the most are fear and anger, and you can’t be grateful and fearful simultaneously. They don’t go together. And you can’t be angry and grateful simultaneously.”
Have a good week, everyone!