Sunset walk

Small daughter and I went for a walk the other evening.

It wasn’t planned; it was her turn to take the dog for a walk and she was grumpy because she didn’t want to so she’d left it all day until it was nearly dark.  I was cross because she’d left it until it was nearly dark so I didn’t want her to go alone – but I had other things that I needed to do.

She was rude, I was shouty.  It wasn’t the best atmosphere.

And then suddenly, we were friends again.  Small daughter is missing her friends – this surprised me as they seem to be on the phone to each other all the time, but she said that’s just the normal after-school communication (as you will probably know if you have a teenager) and it’s the face-to-face connection that she’s missing.  This was another surprise as whenever I see them all together, they’re all still on their phones but I would probably have been the same at their age if I’d had that hand-held portal to the world and – let’s be honest, however much we love our families, our friends bring an extra dimension to our lives that I am sure we are all missing.

I felt like I understood my girl so much more then.  I understood how her experience of all of this is so different to mine, and I wished that I could wave a magic wand to fix it for everybody.  Ah, if only we all had a magic wand sometimes!

Instead, we watched Nature perform some magic of her very own.  We watched the sky blaze like fire behind the trees.  We watched it warm the ancient stones of the church, turning them pink, and we watched as bats dipped and swooped as the sun finally disappeared below the horizon.  The credit for these photos is all small daughter’s, and I am glad that we saw the magic together.

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23 Responses

  1. Ulsterknitgirl says:

    What beautiful pics

  2. Lenore says:

    They are spectacular photos. In one it looked like a raging fire. So lovely you could walk, talk and share the lovely sunset together. X

  3. Susan says:

    Gorgeous photos, they're post card quality. It's starting to feel like summer here in Texas. I had to turn on the air conditioner today. Too soon!

  4. Tiffany says:

    Gorgeous pictures! What a lovely sunset and thoroughly beautiful place you live 🙂

  5. Beyda'nın Kitaplığı says:

    Bende yürümeyi çok özledim. Karantina bitsin inşallah.

  6. Judith says:

    Thank you Christine, what a stunning sunset. I think many of us are realising that the things we maybe took for granted – like seeing our friends, and our relationships with our family – are what really matters, and the stuff we thought was important- like our to do lists- can generally wait! I hope and pray that we remember these lessons when normal life resumes.

  7. Sue Grier says:

    Thank you really enjoyed reading this photographs are beautiful

  8. Boeremeisie says:

    Loving your posts from here in Belfast. Was thinking this morning how blessed we have been to have had such amazing weather and sunsets to get us through this tough time. I'm having to work from home and this 58 year old is missing her friends too! Knitting is such a joy at the moment and I look forward every evening to closing the laptop and picking up my needles!

  9. Geraldine says:

    Lovely photos, gorgeous sunset, thank you…

  10. Getlost says:

    Awww, I do feel for all the youngsters,they must be having a really anxious and confusing time, we know it will eventually get better but I doubt life will ever be the same again and at least it was good for your daughter to talk to you,talking is good.sending hugs.x

  11. Unknown says:

    Tell small daughter pics are lovely well done take care

  12. Veganrocks says:

    Spectacular photography!

  13. Susan Rayner says:

    Small daughter certainly has your eye for a lovely photo!! Let's hope that this time of isolation will soon be over for the young at least! She does have a lovely family!

  14. beatrice says:

    Thank you for the beautiful photos and heartfelt story. I need these reminders of how life can turn around with a good walk.

  15. Cathy says:

    Absolutely beautiful you have a very talented small daughter

  16. Eileen 327 says:

    The photographs are lovely very peaceful in such a hectic time your blogs are always very interesting keep well and safe

  17. loraine everard says:

    Perfect! My favourite time for a walk, just as it's getting dark, and the bats come out, and the blackbirds are calling. Woke up early yesterday, and went out at 5.30am, that was pretty special too! Keep well. xx

  18. luluknitts says:

    Beautiful memories you made together Christine. xx

  19. Attic24 says:

    BEAUTIFUL xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  20. Barb B says:

    Lovely and thoughtful. Thank you for sharing.

  21. crochetncross_stitch says:

    I know it's been said before but beautiful photos, well done small daughter! She has talent, you must be very proud! Happy St George's Day!

  22. sustainablemum says:

    It was another beautiful sunset last night as well, we have taken to go our for a walk at that time a few days a week, it is a glorious time to be going out for a walk. Love the photos.

  23. happy hooker says:

    Beautiful photos. Well done Small Daughter! I had to smile yesterday as my next door neighbour's daughters met up with a friend in the front garden. The friend stayed at the gate and they seemed to be playing Charades. I'm sure it did them all good to see and speak to each other in person, albeit at a distance. I checked at the supermarket, but all the magic wands were sold out! Take care of yourself and each other. xx

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