Embracing the Moment

A false spring descended upon Basel, the temperature in mid winter hovering at 50 degrees. The boys and I were walking back from our favorite bakery near the train station, the boys picking out their chocolate treat as part of my incentive program for not bitching too much about having to learn German (they are at a new school which is bilingual: three days English, two days German).

We also visited the pet store to admire the rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, tropical fish, albino snake, python (which, disturbingly, the boys thought was cute), and scaly lizards which frustratingly did not fear my predator stares through the glass.

Walking across the bridge that shoots over a river and the zoo, the sky turned a wondrous blueish-purple, the air was soft, and with my beautiful boys and their sack of chocolates, on our way home to Jessica, all was right with the world.

Twilight. Crane in background is at zoo to build the new monkey house. Our friends live in the apartments at right.

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  • Sura Kaltner  On January 14, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    If my kids had chocolate treats on their way home every day all would not be well with the world…I would have a house full of Tazmanian Devils every afternoon.

  • aubrey  On January 14, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Aww ya big old sap 🙂 Sounds lovely, especially the chocolate part!

  • Alice  On January 14, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Hi Ken – it does sound like a lovely moment.

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