A bucket list day doesn’t need to be an extreme adventure or traveling around the world. No… we had a bucket list day today. I spent the day with my family at Freedom Park in Charlotte, NC. We strolled along the pond and played with Athena on the swings. Athena is 10 months old so I obviously feel like a mother every day, but some days I realize that I am the world to someone. I am the most amazing, spectacular, beautiful, and caring person to another tiny human being. Athena loves me completely, without restriction or reservation. I am a mother, making every day a bucket list day.
We arrived at the park at about 10am and it was cold, not Nova Scotia cold (sorry that you had such bad weather in Halifax today Sue), but cold. Thankfully, I recently picked up a Westcomb Fuse LT jacket and a pair of Recon Cargo pants that provided amazing protection against the winds yet gave breathability and stretch comfort for walking, bending, pushing, and even crawling at some points. Athena didn’t seem bothered by the cold, but that’s probably the Carter genes. They all seem to have a super-human internal heating system.
Freedom park is divided into two main sections – a walking trail around a pond on one side and a children’s park with sporting fields on the other. We strolled along the walking trail first, enjoying the sun and fresh air. Darren and I chatted about our house that is being built and dreamed about what we’ll do with each room when it’s finished. Athena’s eyes darted from the pond, to the dogs, to the people, to us. It’s crazy to think about how much we learn every day of our lives, especially as children.
Next up: the swings! Athena loves to soar through the air on the swings. She may have her father’s genes when it comes to heating, but she has her mother’s genes when it comes to adventure. The higher we push her, the bigger the smile on her face. It’s always my worry that she’s going to fall out of the swing or get hurt that limits her height; she never hesitates. I’m going to have my hands full when she can walk… or run!