Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2007. I have talked a lot on the blog about Mattie's love for tent caterpillars. Every spring, Mattie would collect tent caterpillars at either his preschool or school, transport them home, and then place them into our caterpillar jars. We would feed them and clean out their jars daily! Mattie looked forward to the whole process of metamorphosis. As you can see here, Mattie was posing with one of his caterpillar jars, with a big smile on his face because one of the caterpillars had spun a cocoon and Mattie knew that in a week or so, out would pop a moth from each cocoon.
Quote of the day: The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be. ~ Horace Bushnell
Though Peter and I would have loved to stay at the beach, we knew we had to pack up this morning and head home. Peter has to work tomorrow, and it takes a full day to unpack, tend to our garden, go grocery shopping, and deal with a week's worth of mail.
We said our good-byes to our friends and Christine could sense that returning home for me was going to be challenging. It is challenging for so many reasons, and not having to work now at a frenetic pace for the Foundation is a mixed blessing.
We arrived home safely and for the most part our garden is doing fine. We had two casualties, but I will replant those baskets this weekend. Our garden is very important to us, so I spent some time cleaning up outside, watering, and Peter got Mattie's fountain running again.