Tonight we went for a walk around what the kids named “the loop”. It’s a little over a mile, a quiet circular stroll that is as close to a neighborhood walk as you get in the country. We have plenty of neighbors but most houses are tucked back in the trees and solitary and very few cars go by, so the boys can ride bikes or scooters in the main road in safety. John helped Sam and Caleb try out the Mom’s bike. When he started to speed up Caleb alerted the neighbors “Dad, stop it! you are totally FREAKING ME OUT!”
Tomorrow is Josiah’s 12th birthday. He is hoping for a fresh blackberry pie (instead of cake-that’s my kid! don’t you think pie is SO much better than cake? or is it just my boy and I?!) so we brought a bucket, hoping for the 4 cups needed. They are just coming into ripeness and the top of the vines, closest to the sunshine, are fat and teasing-a stretch too far for that perfect berry and bam! headfirst into thorns.
Sam stopped us all to view a pair of box elder bugs cross the road and made the following observation:
“I see this ALL the time. One of the bugs gets on top of the other one’s back and they just start walking around like that….”
“I can’t decide if one beetle is victoriously dragging off it’s prey?
or is that the way they mate?”