The day didn't look promising as the dark clouds loomed above with an unspoken promise of rain, but what the clouds didn't know was the sun was stronger and it was going to fight those clouds for it's debute. The air was warm and sticky and it was definately too warm to wear a sweat shirt but not yet unbearable, and with each breath my nostrils filled with the smell of new grass and earth. The forest was noisy with activity as birds called out to each other, frogs croaked in what sounded like a very large chorus, and squirels shifted the leaves looking for nuts. Just 6 weeks ago I could barely walk two miles, but today I easily walked 6 miles and I wanted more; however, life does not wait as children need to be picked up from school, laundry in need of folding, and a hungry baby in want of food. No need to fret because tomorrow you will find me in the same place walking the trail. I cannot even tell you how happy walking in the forest makes me. The trees stand as sentinels watching over me. It is not something that can be chosen at this point. I crave it! My soul needs this time each day. Sometimes like today I have a friend or two with me to make the time go faster with good conversation and other times I am alone but that is OK too because then it gives me time to solve the worlds problems. I have lost 13 pounds and I am proud because for someone who loves food so much that is no easy task. It is Friday and for that I am grateful. Tonight after the boys finish their German homework for tomorrow, I think I will take them to the movies to see the Lorax a children's movie based on the book by Dr. Seuss who we celebrate today even though he has since passed away. He gave the gift of whimsy and surprise to millions of children who have read his books. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Now go enjoy the weekend!