A couple of days ago I took my kids to the trail that I've been running on so that they could see the autumn colors. It was a little piece of heaven. It made my heart fill to overflowing to watch them having as much fun on that trail as I do.
They were skipping and running in the stop and go fashion that kids do on the roller coaster hills, hiking with hands on hips on the steep uphills, and literally flying on the downhills. The giggling was contagious.
The youngest had his bag to collect leaves and we stopped by the running water to listen and watch it falls down the rocks and look for fish.
It was the perfect afternoon. And I realized that while running on that trail makes me smile and brings me joy, it's not until I share it that my joy overflows.
So I am thankful to Mel for showing me this trail and I'm thankful that I get to share it with those I love. I think that's part of the reason I have loved running with my brother this year. It's so great to see him enjoy running and trails. It's something we have in common and something we can enjoy without having to explain it. I think it's part of the reason this blogging community is so great. We can share what we love without trying to hard to explain why, because we all just get it.
I shared this trail with Heather a while ago and recently shared it with Jodi. We had a great time marveling at all the vibrant colors that we really weren't paying attention to the steep inclines and slow paced miles. It was a great morning. It's great how those shared times with friends are the ones that stick in my mind so well. I not only remember the sights ands sounds and smells better, but the feelings that accompany them are locked in place. I love running alone, but I sure love running with friends and sharing in their joys as well. Running really is such a raw and emotionally charged activity. I think that's part of the reason I love it so much.