This is our dog racing over the frozen Bering Sea. Taking him for a walk where he can run always feels good and is a wonderful tonic for a bad mood. He doesn’t grumble or stumble or talk of achy bones or the ills of the world. He just runs full force with a big goofy happy smile on his face.
If you lift up your arms like the starter at a drag car race, he’ll come flying towards you and past you as fast as he can. He knows we think he’s super amazing for being so speedy.
We went for a walk today while the kids napped at home. It’s not too often that I can go out for a walk with just him and it felt a bit like “old times”. While on the ice on this gray overcast day, I remembered a post on blogher by Victoria’s_View where she took photos of a glacier near her. I took out my iphone and snapped photos of the sea ice.
They didn’t come out anything like the real deal. In fact, they came out looking like a dingy version of a 1000 piece white on white jigsaw puzzle. I trashed them.
And a block away, we spied a raven’s nest on the side of an old building. A raven’s nest! I love ravens. They stay here in the winter and play in the wind and somehow manage to survive the crazy cold. I read a study that ravens can remember people’s faces and I like to think that they recognize me and the kids when we’re walking around town. We always say hi to them and I always wish we had something to feed to them, but mainly we just send them good cheer.
It was gray out today, but it didn’t dampen my hopes for a gorgeous spring and summer. I have such big plans to take the kids out onto the tundra to look for musk ox fur and berries and dirt and out on the beach to look for sea glass and old bones. Last summer was just gray and cold. Today was gray and cold, but still held such promise!!!