Location: Oregon, United States

Thursday, January 14, 2010


The other day, we went for a walk at a local nature park with all the kids and a friend of Thomas'. William was not in the mood, so he walked apart from the group as we cavorted down the trails. We've been watching Monty Python skits on the internet or through Netflix lately, and have picked up some strange habits. As we went down a long sloping path, Stephen "cantered" down the way, clopping imaginary coconuts and chattering on with a British accent. We all followed suit, clattering along with our "coconuts" and calming our "steeds". Then we approached a bridge and Thomas began walking across as though he were from the "Ministry of Silly Walks". Link:
On the way back, there were several uphill climbs, which we decided must be done backwards. This is when people started passing us going the other way. Suddenly, I felt torn between being William and staying in the moment of fun (I stuck with the fun, but preferred not to be identified and therefore did not make eye contact.) Paul felt the need to explain our strange behavior. I'm just glad they didn't see us on the bridge. But I can't get over the novelty and fun of a nature walk with four teenage boys, acting particularly goofy, and generally having a great time. We may be one of the strangest families out there, but we love each other and we sure do have fun.


Blogger Kristen said...

Yay! Way to be yourselves. I noticed that the kids didn't feel the need to explain or to stop their silliness when others came by. I guess we can learn from them. :)

Just stopped in today to catch up since John mentioned you had added a post. Then there were THREE! I'm glad you are back to blogging. Sorry to hear about Stephen's news. Having experience with it does help, I'm sure. Still, it's not what you wish for.

I had a reallymissingyou moment last weekend. I was getting ready for an event and thinking, "If Lydia were here we'd be doing this together right now." Just want you to know that you are loved and missed here in MN.

Hugs to all my favorite Radkes,

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