6:12 am — A periwinkle sky, soft and bright and so translucent it seems to levitate above the mountains. Which of course it always does, but only now do I see just how the horizon is born from light.
6:22 am — The sky drifts into pastels, pink and peach. Waylon sleeps curled next to me as I read, and I think I am happy, content, peaceful, except none of these words are right. It’s something quieter, deeper, something nameless that fills me.
It eases the urgency of doing.
6:32 am — The light has cascaded from the sky onto the mountains themselves.
The mountains are like a farm woman: strong, steady, curves around the muscles. Sometimes they’re merely noticed, but eventually truly seen, causing the observer to stop and breathe in the beauty, the wildness, the stateliness, the pure bedrock of life at once tangled and ordered; a being large enough to hold contradictions and surprises and still offer comfort in the sheer mass of her embrace.
When I hold my son, I imagine the mass of the mountains in my hug.
When I hold my son, I feel his energy and I realize how much slower I’ve become. How motherhood necessitates that. How the wind, which once directed me, now flows through him. How I’ve come into conversation with the roots of trees. How I’ve learned to match the pace of mountains.
He is the wildness. I am the wild.
When I hold my son, I realize I have become a home.
6:38 — He sleeps. I write. The light pours down the mountainside.
In another few hours it will reach the west-facing hillside and be upon us all.