Let Down Your Hair

“The secret is to relax and let the wind blow through your hair. Can you feel it now?”

At seven and the world before you, it is good to listen to what’s around. To stop and open your eyes and ears.

That’s what my seven-year-old daughter told me.

There she is, up there. She’s sat in the middle of the sandy lane in the forest behind our house on the coast. She’s sat Indian style looking at the forest and the blue sky and the sunshine streaming down through the pine trees and into her outstretched arms and open palms that rest on her legs. She gazes at it all and gently whispers, “Oommmm… oommmm…”

Then she looks up at me with a gentle face and says, “I like the way it feels when the wind blows through my hair.”

I think I might give it a try.

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  • Alexandra Grabbe May 17, 2010, 7:15 pm

    Charles, I loved this. And, I love the way you illustrate your posts with drawings by your daughter. Will be back!

  • Su-sieee! Mac May 17, 2010, 7:39 pm

    This is what I like about this blogathon. I don't think I would've ever come across your blog otherwise. It's been a joy reading your past 17 days in so many ways. Your kids' pictures and stories as well as your reactions to them have opened up my imagination a bit more. Thanks! Onto my blog roll and RSS feed you go.

  • alwaysinthebackrow May 17, 2010, 11:48 pm

    The wind in hair does feel good. I hope she keeps that feeling with her forever. I love the pictures with your posts. The colors and the subjects are precious and beautiful.

  • Charles Newbery May 18, 2010, 7:32 pm

    Thanks for all the comments. It is very encouraging.

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