Small Wonder: Firsts

by Stefani on 6-May-2010

A morning stroll through the garden brought us a special gift. This summer’s (for it IS summer here now) very first discovery of a black swallowtail egg on the parsley. We actually got to witness the mama butterfly curl up her abdomen and ever so gently attach this little egg to the leaf.

We held our breath….

and then we counted seven more. Hooray!

There was lots of this today… lots and lots of wiggling his very first loose tooth.
The last first loose tooth for one of my babies.

Oh lord, how I’m going to cherish the little gap toothed grins in our near future!

The last purple glimpse of evening brought with it the season’s first lightening bug … and of course, the ensuing chase. We didn’t catch him, and it was just as well. It doesn’t seem like the very first one should be caught. That one is just for admiring.

Then I tucked them into their beds.


a little sticky,

a lot content.

I imagine they will dream about butterflies and fairies and lightening in a jar.

Days like this….. I wish I could press them, like faded rose petals, in between the pages of an old book. Then whenever I liked, I could pull them out and breathe in their sweetness all over again.

Sarah :: greenclogs May 6, 2010 at 10:10 pm

I think you did jut press it in the book. It’s right here to look at over and over again.

Love days like that.

lolo May 7, 2010 at 12:13 am

Believe me, one of Heaven’s finest gifts to us is our memories..ya know, the ones we Mothers cherish!! I can hardly remeber any specifis of Christmas’s or birthday’s of my first 6 kids….most of them grown now…but I can still remember so MANY of the simple days, the sounds,the smells the beautiful expressions on their faces and the heartwarming moments of giggles, love and mischief! Now with my last three guys I know to spend my time memorizing the daily moments, those times when I actually tell myself “remeber how this feels, the wonder of this day, look all around and take a mental “picture”. AND IT WORKS!!!!!! ENJOY…..

natalie t. May 7, 2010 at 12:25 am

Oh firsts! Again I finish your post with a little lump in my throat. Aren’t we as mamas always holding our breath and watching every amazing thing our littles do too? πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your words and beautiful photos…

renee @ FIMBY May 7, 2010 at 6:19 am

“Days like this….. I wish I could press them in between the pages of an old book. Then whenever I liked, I could pull them out and breathe in their sweetness all over again.”

You say it so beautifully. I too know that feeling.

Laura May 7, 2010 at 6:32 am

Ahh, thank you for sharing… so sweet. πŸ™‚ You’ve reminded me, I need to get my parsley planted! I have a dozen little pots of parsley seedlings, that I planted special just for the black swallowtails. πŸ™‚

Nancy May 7, 2010 at 7:15 am

Wow, to actually watch her lay the egg–that’s pretty amazing! I’m happier than ever we have parsley this year (although mine is for tabbouleh!). And lightning bugs–my goodness. Time if flying by.

Anna May 7, 2010 at 10:45 am

love it. can’t believe it’s the last first loose tooth! firsts are so much fun. πŸ™‚

Dawn May 7, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Delurking to say you made me cry with that last line…my daughter, my only child will be two on Sunday and I wish that same wish (not so eloquently) every single day!

Brittany May 8, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Beautiful. Blogging is a bit like preserving them and the memories, isn’t it? I can’t wait to see our first lightening bug of the season here in TN, won’t be long I’m sure! I just got some parsley planted, so we’ll have to watch closely for those eggs. And we’re about to have our first first loose tooth. Good times.

Lia May 8, 2010 at 8:26 pm

I was just sitting here thinking, “I thought only Texans said lightning bugs,” when my own two little Texans ran in yelling, “We caught a firefly!” Ha!

And that last line, sums up perfectly what we all wish for most days- that we could just stop time time and catch it in a jar.

melody May 8, 2010 at 9:28 pm

I’ve been thinking about all of the little things that I want to remember this week. We saw our first lightening bugs of the season. Two of them on the window, but it was afternoon, not evening, so no light! The kids were still so excited though. I love how much joy they take in little things.

My nearly eight year old has the funniest smile at the moment. His two front teeth on the top are both loose and the big teeth are coming in behind, making them stick out forward. So goofy. He thinks it’s hilarious and makes goofy faces to go with his big goofy grin.

Kerry May 11, 2010 at 8:30 pm

So sweet. I can’t wait for the lightning bugs, still a long way off for us. Or at least it seems with all this chilly, wet weather.

My youngest is 2 1/2 now and just this week, has declared herself not a baby. I enjoy so much the little people they are becoming and wouldn’t think of trading it for the past, but I can’t help reminiscing about the sweet baby days as I watch them all growing up so fast.

Beth May 13, 2010 at 7:09 am

I just read your wonderful posting about brothers, and am going to share it on Acorn Pies, whatever that means!!!! love, Beth

Grace May 19, 2010 at 10:49 am

You had me at “it IS summer now”. Barely spring up my way, we’re having the latest spring I can recall. Sigh.

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