My friend Kim and I are a strange duo. I can honestly say we are the most different exactly alike pair ever. So many aspects of our personalities contrast, yet it seems that we are often freakishly in-tune. Sometimes I think we wouldn't even have to have a conversation. . .words don't seem needed when you just get someone's vibe in a second or two.
I was recently inspired by watching this and knew that Kim would be game for doing a little nature art installation of our own.
I asked her if she wanted to meet at the beach to create something like a nest and I had no idea what we'd end up with. Of course, she was all over it and she brought her daughter Molly along for the fun.
The base of the nest was made from gathered driftwood and I think it would have looked pretty all by itself, however, I was feeling so happy and dare I say, "Lovey!" that when Molly gave her final approval on the love nest idea and set about collecting red rocks for the heart in the middle...my own heart soared. I love that we took it to the next level.
Kim and I busied ourselves collecting white rocks to fill the nest and let me tell you...she's a saint because I made it very clear at a certain point that walking on sand and picking up shirt baskets filled with rocks was a workout. I may have made it clear more than once! :)
While we were working on the project, Kim and I chatted about everything from having babies and selkie stories to our struggles and positive personal realizations.
Molly eventually tired of red rock collecting, but gave me a gorgeous peice of sea pottery she found and you know this made my day! She also wandered a bit and made friends with a little girl playing nearby. The sun was shining, it was warm and we had such a nice afternoon. I just love how much Kim gives her the space she needs to explore and grow.
It was a nice time and I love that we made something impermanent, out of found materials and within a short period of time. I hope people walking on the beach see it and get a smile.
Speaking of which...this little smiley bird in the nest was worth all the rock hauling in the world!!