[Author's note: viral infection, new doc team, and a new oral med made this a rough week…until last night. “Yes, I’d LOVE to go to the fair.” “Sure, I’m sure.” So they squeezed old Popi into the Suburban. Six grandwonders of all sizes and me. How many miles of walking on legs that have been wearing out in one round of Wal-Mart? My legs were one miracle. The six were the bigger one; custom crafted, all of them.. As this morning's quiet thoughts formed in bed, I recounted with a constant smile the mental pictures of a small county fair with the blinking, blaring, flashing...and the bleating, mooing, crowing, and each of these beneficiaries of TRAILSIDE COMPANION taking in a rural subculture that is fading as fast as the "Christian" culture their parents were raised in. LET ME INTRODUCE THEM]
Taylor (Driver’s license minus 6 months). Strong, mellow, a runner and “Ultimate Frizby” play. Doing well in the homeschool,/group school, especially math. Quite good at the piano. His role as boss-man during Dad’s long hours and Mom’s having hands full, is playing well into the last leg of his Eagle Scout journey.
Colton (13.5) having been featured in the blog post below for his Rite of Passage after a year-long progression. Athletic, avoids piano but has an artistic bent, especially writing. His strength is a mind that does “ok” in required schoolwork but has an amazing capacity of reasoning and logic,
Brooke(10.5) can’t wait for her own year of passage as a “Captivating Woman,” and has it pretty much all mapped out with Nani playing a key role and Dad as silent advisor. Her gift of caring works well with the two younger girls and finds its way into her truly outstanding novels she is writing constantly.
Gracen (8.5) Work to be done? Problem to solve? Put Gracen on it if he hasn’t already started the repairs. They call him Popi’s twin, all the way down to the thin wiry hair and the impish smile. He helps with the horses and goats, of course, but “Spike,” a huge horned lizard is his primary pet.
Charis (4) Now we’re in a whole new world. Small for her age with the cutest face that says some of the most adult things when you least expect it. At the first notes of a song, even a commercial, you can expect her to start twirling and dancing, often producing her own words that honor God and Jesus.
Kira (1.5) Loads of mystery, laughs, and dance. Brown eyes, almost black, with a petit body that does not want to be left out of all the activity of her giant siblings means she is everywhere and too often nowhere to be found.
TRAILSIDE COMPANION? Taylor and Colton, and Brooke are beginning to dialog over sections on walks and dates, but this is definitely a document for the future…so’s the finishing of it, since I’m only half way through.