If it were possible to hug a day, today was a day to bear hug.
Younger son and I went for a walk after school down our country roads and as we walked the overwhelming thought in my head was, "What a gift!"
Warm air stirred by strong breezes wafted leaves from the trees to shower the road as we walked. I love to take photos and as I listened to my son talk about his day at school and what homework he had for the night, I kept wishing I had my camera with me to capture the angle of branches on the trees that were now uncovered from their summer layers. You normally think of "dappled" pertaining to the patches of light and dark on the ground, but the angle of the sun made the orange practically sparkle -- if it's possible for orange to sparkle. The sky was pale blue and made the perfect background for the colors of the leaves. I asked my son to take a picture of one tree in particular, that was stunning, with his phone since I didn't even have that with me.
After we got home, my wonderful 17 year old son even agreed to humor me by collecting some leaves from the yard and tossing them in the air so I could get a picture of falling leaves.
I wish there was a way to bottle days like this, but I guess if they were common we wouldn't appreciate them as much.
For the beauty of the day and the gift of a teenage son I adore, I am truly thankful.