Our lives these days are busy. We all have work and school, Baha'i activities, chores and unforeseen demands. The days are short, and time seems compressed in that funny winter way I am learning to anticipate. Finding the individual time for my children has taken a bit of creaitivity. Bella and Asher both like to help in the kitchen, so we often get a few minutes there. Asher's bedtime is earlier than the girls, which guarantees him a chat on his way to sleep, and the girls get theirs later. Ana likes to come with me on errands, and Bella likes to settle next to me whenever I have a project underway. None of this is planned, but it has emerged with time and a bit of awareness.
One of my favorite ways to spend time with Asher is on afternoon walks. Some days he comes home all out of sorts, or fogged up and mentally rumpled. Throwing on our coats and boots, we go for a walk together, letting the wind blow the wrinkles of the day smooth.
These are such special times for the two of us, stumping along and searching for treasure or something new to explore. Sometimes almost no words pass between us, other times he is a font of ceaseless chatter. We usually walk the same route, circling back home in about an hour, fresh and full and connected again.