until you find yourself doing something day in and day out, that you did years ago without ever thinking twice. I am a mother and have been one for over 33 years. I have chased little babies around from sunup to sundown, changing diapers, making bottles, putting cupboards and drawers back together, replacing the books in the book shelves multiple times daily, swiping my fingers into little mouths to remover paper or lint or whatever else those tiny little hands put into them as they zoom around the house over and over and over... In the past three weeks I have visited that world again for the first time in 18 years. I have been down on the floor, crawling, rolling, bouncing, acting goofy to induce little smiles until I thought I couldn't move any more. Sore muscles, aching joints, tired body...yikes! I need to do something about this!
I have been in sunny California for nearly four weeks now spending each and every day with my little grandson. The reason? My daughter had a very unfortunate accident and broke her 26 year old hip, requiring surgery and 8 weeks of non-weight bearing convalescence. My time here is nearly at an end. Her wonderful mother-in-law arrives tomorrow evening and overlapping my stay by 5 days, she will learn the ropes and fitness regimen that Camp Lucas has to offer. I know that Nana Mowes is in much better shape than I am. She will probably have a breeze of a time. I am so happy for her too, that she will get to spend this precious time with Lucas. The Mowes family have lived in Germany for three years and only recently returned to the States in South Carolina where Lt. Col. "Pops" Mowes is now stationed with the US Army. They haven't seen their grandson in person since Christmas. It will be wonderful for her!
All of the crawling, singing, face-making, goofy acting, nursery rhyme recalling, peek-a-booing, up and down-ing, face wiping, diaper changing, drool in my face-ness has been worth every minute for moments like these: