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  • I was photographing a house, this week and came across the most adorable room. Inside it was a bed, hand-made in the shape of a red caboose with string lights strung all over the top of it and a very authentic looking lantern hanging from one of the corners. However, I was swept up in a quiet moment when I saw these stacks of books on top of a vintage schoolhouse desk -just basking in the afternoon light. James and the Giant Peach holds a special place in my heart. Most Dahl books do. They remind even the most adult parts of us that underneath it all, on our very best days we started out as and are really forever, just silly kids.

    I remember reading this book to Lexi, a chapter at a time each night before bed. This was our very first chapter book (with very little pictures) that we tackled together. When we were done, we watched the movie and then saw it in the theatre at the Orlando Repertory Theatre. This was one of her first theatre experiences (Actually, I think it was the 2nd. Her first show ever was, Charlotte’s Web at Orlando Shakes) and sparked future journeys involving other chapter books to be read, then followed by seeing the version on stage at The REP. It’s really rewarding for me today, watching her in this 360° view: Her now performing on those same stages where she watched as a young girl.

    Sometimes life hands you little “I told you so” reminders. All spoken in a loving and playful voice, of course. This was one of the moments, where I was thanked for trusting in the universe with my child (and even myself too). That it knew where we were going, where we were supposed to be and when. It was one of those moments that handed me a huge payoff, all wrapped in a neat and very pretty bow. It was a reminder to myself that I’m on the right path in guiding Lexi (even when I have no idea at the time). As parents, we’d all be lying if we said that we didn’t second guess ourselves and even the tiniest of decisions. This moment was also a really great way to whisper to me, telling me how far Lexi has really come -just in life. Not that I needed more of a reason to be proud of who and where she stands today. But I’m happy to collect them all still.

    I know it seems a little far stretched and silly for a book to conjure up all of these thoughts, but it did. And I’m so thankful to have recognized it, but mostly for allowing myself to live in that quiet moment for a minute or two. To not fight it and discard it without acknowledgement -Being present in the moment. So I guess this quick, little moment also took me on my own 360° ride: Letting me know that I’m in the right place too, still learning and growing. As well as making my own strides.

    To the universe: Thank you for the little-big moment, today.
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