Be present, be present. Be here now. Be present for your husband's conversation at breakfast. Notice the lines under his eyes. We stayed up late last night. Be present in your son's golden curls as he falls asleep in your arms, his golden curls sticking to the crook of your arm. Be mild, be mild. Slow your breath.

Flowers bloom at set seed in just weeks. Shoes are outgrown in just weeks. Enjoy it, it goes so fast, mothers and grandmothers advise. Disagreements, tears, long days, teething, fevers, growth spurts, stubbornness, hungry not hungry, tired not napping, they last so long and then not really.

I couldn't tell you how yesterday was different than today. I can tell you how last year was different than this year. I can tell you my son stopped screaming during diaper changes sometime before six months or so and then started again a month ago. If I didn't write that, would I remember?

 Father and child walk down a Catskills lane.

 Bees pollinate Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum). Mother showed child.

 Beads of dew upon the waterleaf.

 Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia) in seed.

 In flower.

 Red trillium (Trillium erectum) going to seed. 

 Father and child along the brook. Stones belong in the brook.

 Signs of old pasture. Now forest.

 Father and child walk and take breaks to explore the rocks and pull grass. Walking was enough just a month ago, but now we must explore. 

 Porcupine sign on plywood.

 Violet sp. and wood betony (Pedicularis canadensis).

 Wood betony going to seed.

 Robin's plantain (Erigeron pulchellus).

 Looking down the stem of the Robin's plantain (Erigeron pulchellus).

 Red clover (Trifolium pratense) beginning to flower.

 Azalea (Rhododendron prinophyllum) in bloom.


 Starflower (Trientalis borealis).

 A plant I have never seen before.

 Stream walk alone.

 Bee visits water avens (Geum rivale).

 Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)