Since it’s off season for us, I have yet to really try my hand at the artful act of balancingÂ life and work. It’s an intimidating taskÂ and one with few examples to follow as my jobÂ doesn’t give me a 9-5 schedule or any difference in work and living space. This is both a blessing and a curse as it means I can work in my robe and pajamas (please don’t come knocking onÂ my door unexpectedly), but I have to use my judgement to know when to call it quits, shutdown the computer, and turn off email notifications.
On the slow days I’ve been thinking about theÂ kind of parent I will be. And although it’sÂ likely I have little choice in the matter, I can’t help but consider what I want JuniperÂ to receive from me beyond a warm house and a full belly. And it comes down to one thing: curiosity. The gift I most want to give to her is the ability to look at the world with an open heart and curious mind — exploring, daydreaming, wondering. Curiosity means probing into the things we take for granted and asking questions. It means walking off the path, getting dirty, and breaking rules.
Juniper comesÂ from a long line of well-intentioned rule-breakers who are curious to their core. Curiosity leads to passion, and when people we care for love something with greatÂ passion, we learn to appreciate what they love because their loving it makes it special. There are a million things I want to share with our baby girl: hundreds of books I want to read, scores of cities I want to bring her to, and many acres of land I want us to explore. But whatever her interests, whether they overlap with mine or not, I hope to pass along this great gift. That way she can love whatever she wants to love and chase whatever she wants to chase,Â and curiosity will callÂ her to dig deeper every time.
Film Scans above from hikes in February 2017 at Cave Point, Newport State Park, Potawatomi State Park, and Whitefish Dunes in Door County.
In the top photo I am pregnant with baby Juniper but don’t know it yet. <3