Every introduction is presumed to have begun with a greeting, a simple gesture acknowledging another presence, though that is not entirely accurate. It begins with body movement, interaction through perception. However, since this is the digital age where no such thing is relevant, I will have to resort to a salutation from the start!
I am Jennifer's oldest daughter, Madeleine (Maddie, for short), and as of now, I am commander of the vessel, Soleful Living!
The thought of going on a casual stroll with my family felt a delightful end to my slow-paced day. This would soon change, as I had forgotten the fact that my mother has always been the fastest of fast walkers in the history of forever.
My knees rapidly became overworked shortly after our "stroll" began, and I considered turning back even though this endeavour had started moments before.
What changed my mind was when my thoughts came to be words, and Ma pointed out that I could change my walking pattern into one that I recognized from my childhood.
When I was young, I strode awkwardly because, since I took ballet, rolling my feet outside-to-in became fun. My parents attempted to alter my walking patterns into theirs, and eventually I complied, embarrassed of myself. This has a partial connection to my insecurity of being less that others, which I have had throughout my entire life.
When my mother said I could change how I walked it was, in essence, reverting to my old ways.
It was overwhelming! It may seem pitiful to some, but it made me incredibly jubilant, not simply for my own personal discovery.
My mother was once stuck. She was a brave passenger that wanted to explore the realms of her universe, her life plotting against her. Eventually, Ma was finally able to see the tiniest speck of herself among ancient ruins, refusing any chance of losing herself again. Though she came out of battle bruised, she survived, finding this; happiness, blogging, mint chocolate, and yoga. She has changed her own life, chosen to learn new methods, and altered her perspective of life willingly, on multiple occasions. She is a constant inspiration to me through her endless kindness, and eternal bravery. She is my superhero. [Edit from Jennifer: and Maddie is my superhero! See ---->]
Anyway, the walk ended in a downpour, which was the most pleasant of surprises, including a mini dance party (which involved my dancing, and other's laughter). We also saw a goldenrod (pictured above) that, though appearing similar to ragweed, is a significant source of food for bees later in the season. Fact of the day!
Be positive, be passionate, and be peaceful.