Three Wild Things

"All good things are wild and free." ~ Thoreau // Mom to three wild boys. Capturing them with my iPhone to remember it all.
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In our recent moves, I've sadly misplaced my only photos of her (and she was absolutely stunning), but her favorite ring has managed to follow me from home to home. She would've been 100 years old today, had she lived to make it to 2015. My numbers might be off a year or two as, upon her death, we realized she probably fibbed about her age toward the end, shaving off a few years. Either way, it doesn't matter, she earned those years. She lived a long and complicated life with layer upon layer of struggle: a teenage marriage, a physically abusive husband, pregnancies she felt underprepared for, the infant death of her only daughter, and later, abandonment by her only husband. She spent year after year as a young single mother, hustling to work menial and mundane jobs in factories, as the sole provider for her two sons. I miss her more than ever, now that I'm a mother myself, and have so many new, unanswered questions to ask her. On my toughest days, I think of her, I feel her presence, the weight of her struggles, of what it meant to be a woman of her era, with far fewer options and far deeper challenges. I want to ask her what she would do, when I don't always have the answers, when I doubt myself and wonder if I'm doing it all wrong. What would she do? This resilient, creative woman, who crocheted beautiful baby blankets and handmade crafts that could have easily made it to the front page of Etsy today. I wish she'd believed in herself more, been even bolder, allowed herself to shine brighter than she ever felt she deserved, shinier than she was made to feel worthy of by those who tried to keep her down. And when I think of her, it gives me strength, as if she's still here and we're sitting at her kitchen table pouring tea like we used to and she's patting me on the knee, offering the words of encouragement she never heard herself. #hugyourgrandmother #eisforeleanor
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kelliedigs : Beautiful. I love your writings. I miss my grandmother dearly and I wish now I had asked more questions. She raised 4 boys, who knew I could use her advise more than ever. ❀️
cinsarah : Wow so beautiful!!! 😭❀️
babybluewren : 😒 xoxo
wendeldependel : πŸ’•πŸ˜₯🌹
megangale : Such beautiful words!
xindyvee : What a beautiful tribute to what seems to have been a grand lady πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•
laurabeardwood : what a wonderful post. she sounds amazing. i could write pages & pages about my grandmother. such a fascinating generation, they went through so much that we couldn't imagine x
ashofiction : This is so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes. I feel this way towards my own grandmother whose funeral I wasn't able to attend 3 years ago πŸ˜₯ so many questions now that I'm a mother. So much history lost, so much unsaid. Write down your memories of her for your children!
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"The best things in life aren't things." -- Art Buchwald
theraisindidit : Beautiful capture & beautiful sentiment
ourunschoolhouse : Beautiful πŸ’›
you_and_me_plus_three : Awesome photo !
threewildthings : @theraisindidit @ourunschoolhouse @you_and_me_plus_three Thank you so much! Was a beautiful day!
littletrendycloset : Where is this? I must take the kiddos!
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A pre-Valentine's Day cupcake date with my littlest lover boy, whose favorite color is pink. #pinkisnotjustforgirls
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threewildthings : @lica765 I know! Such a grown up big boy now! 😭 Hope you're doing great and enjoying that beautiful new kitchen! 😘
threewildthings : @brittmburgess Thank you! It's by @miniandmaximus. A favorite for sure! 😊
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threewildthings : @gavinsaurus Yay Gav! Love that he loves pink. We need to break out of these gender stereotypes. It's way to confining. #pinkisjustacolor πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ˜˜
lightlovers : Aww so sweet! Wonderful valentines date πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—
threewildthings : @lightlovers Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day with your loves! ❀️😘
leahsunshine : Is that huge order yours?? Lol @threewildthings he is so cute!!!
threewildthings : @leahsunshine Hope you had a sweet one too with your loves! Haha! And no, not our huge order (I'd have a serious problem if it was πŸ˜‚). We sort of crashed someone else's Valentine's scene to take photos. 😁
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I think I must've called his name at least ten times before he turned around. He was in his "zone" with a bench all to himself, a cup of chocolate ice cream, a view of swimming sea lions, sailboats, a yacht, Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge and a hazy San Francisco skyline. He wasn't quite ready to leave and I didn't blame him one bit. Everyone needs a little peace and quiet sometimes. #Sausalito
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brilu : One of my favorite places!
lightlovers : 😍😍😍
threewildthings : @tinaofsweden Yes! Exactly! So easy for children to do and so difficult for adults. I need to practice it more myself! 😘
threewildthings : @bart_vrdrn Yes, such a peaceful, California day. You must be loving your new home! 😊
threewildthings : @babybluewren Yes! Those zig zag shadows were pretty cool too! Lots to take in that day! 😘
threewildthings : @brilu So charming, right?!? Almost feels like parts of Europe. Almost. πŸ˜‰
gavinsaurus : I love this. Sometimes these little souls remind us to appreciate for just a few more minutes what we often take for granted
threewildthings : @gavinsaurus It is so true! Couldn't agree more. They are often seeing things for the first time with fresh eyes and even if we've seen it over and over and it's starting to lose its luster, I'm trying to remember to not rush so much and feel what it's like to just sit and take everything in as if it's the first time. Love that kids remind us of that!
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"Children do live in fantasy and reality; they move back and forth very easily in a way we no longer remember how to do." -- Maurice Sendak // I love eavesdropping on their bath time play, where they become predatory sharks and deep sea divers, plastic cups their ships and their prey. For that solid hour splashing in the tub, they really aren't even boys anymore. They aren't sitting in a foot of tap water, but in the depths and darkness of a murky ocean, swimming as far as their imaginations will take them.
threewildthings : @ashofiction Thank you! What a sweet comment! Boys are nonstop, right?!? It really is so hard to stay in the moment and savor all of that magic when you're being pulled in so many different directions all day long. It's one of my biggest struggles. I'm trying to remind myself to stay present, to cherish all these little moments because I know I'll miss them once they're gone. And there's probably still a sliver inside of me that yearns for childhood myself. It's a shame we have to grow up. 😝
threewildthings : @babybluewren Yes! Always iPhone. I have a "big girl" camera that I still have no idea how to use. And so it sits in a bag. 😩 But I feel like the quality of phone cameras is so good these days and so convenient, there's really no need to bring it out anyway. I should just sell it. πŸ˜‚
ashofiction : Yes! I try not to get too sentimental about their growing up. But then I have days where I don't realize I'M the one pushing them to grow up until a little bit of their innocence peeks through, and I have to take a step back and remind myself it's ok to throw a tantrum or spill a drink or not be able to button that button. They're only little for so long!
kelliedigs : Somehow I miss your posts and I enjoy them so much.
bettyw_nl : I love to eavesdrop too! Changes her voice, from low to very high. Precious 😊 And I love the way you write too.
threewildthings : @kelliedigs Hello! Oh, how sweet you are! You changed your username! Love your profile pic too! Ugh. I've neglected this poor account! I've been focusing so much on my little shop and then our line of tees for boys (@wildplusbear), that I feel I don't come over here nearly as much as I'd like to. Hope you and the boys are doing so well! 😘
threewildthings : @bettyw_nl How cute! I can just picture her changing her sweet little voice from low to high! Adorable! I just love a child's imagination. Wish we didn't lose so much of that as adults! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜
kelliedigs : I had no idea about @wildplusbear So cute. Awesome job, I can see what's keeping you busy.❀️
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On days like today, breathing in cold, salty air, combing the sand for broken seashells and getting arms-distance from giant, lounging elephant seals, I want to smack myself for getting annoyed on those other days that include spilled cereal, or mountains of laundry, or bickering brothers, because -- wow -- isn't life just beautiful? #pointreyesnationalseashore
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threewildthings : @amarabarra It was such a special place!
threewildthings : @pavree Gah. No whale sightings! And how did I not know about the whale trail? Next on my must-do list for sure! πŸ‹πŸ‹
threewildthings : @shannabauman I always forget you're from Northern California! And yes! That is my biggest struggle too! And being in the moment and fully present. It is so hard when you are being pulled in 20 different directions! 😝
threewildthings : @bettyw_nl 😘😘
threewildthings : @ashleydoctor24 😘
threewildthings : @thefadette 😊😊
threewildthings : @lightlovers Yes! We got so close until the rangers told us to stand back, that it was actually quite dangerous to get so close to them, as they could charge! 😳 The boys loved it though!
pavree : Lighthouse on a clear day πŸ³πŸ‘Œ
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Sundays were made for this.
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lightlovers : Just gorgeous 😍
brubecca_ : Oh, he is just gorgeous!
threewildthings : @lutis 😘😘
threewildthings : @leahsunshine I am so jealous! I would love to be able to nap like this. My body just does not know how to nap. 😩
threewildthings : @jumplittle Thank you! I would love to be able to nap like this! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜˜
threewildthings : @lica765 Hi! Haha! Yes! Once again! Sweden does it best. IKEA! πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ
threewildthings : @lightlovers Thank you, lovely! Ah, to sleep like a child! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜˜
threewildthings : @brubecca_ Thank you so much, lovely! I hope you've been well! Happy Australia Day! 😘
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I'm really, really happy his hair is growing back.
jojodaly : awesome bed head πŸ’
notabli : He's crushing the bed head game.
kewaa : @timalennon cucii cucik yatmaglar ^^
lightlovers : His hair is looking gorgeous 😍 I always love your sleeping photos πŸ’›
threewildthings : @babybluewren 😘😘😘
threewildthings : @jojodaly I'm still recovering from those summer haircuts. 😝
threewildthings : @notabli Right?! 😁
threewildthings : @lightlovers Thank you, love! I regretted those summer haircuts so much. I'm really happy to have their longer locks back. 😝
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Still life of a nine-year-old boy's room. Not pictured: messy, unmade bed and pile of clothes needing to be hung up when he gets home from school. Also, I'm thinking he needs more baseball mitts. πŸ˜‰
meesiepieces : I'm so excited to see what is to come, I know nothing of boys at that age:)
vonbruens : Maybe just a couple more mitts, πŸ˜‚. Boys are so fun.
threewildthings : @bestdressedbear Right?! I guess you can never have too many. 😝
threewildthings : @meesiepieces I didn't know much either, having grown up in a very female-dominated household, so I'm learning as we go. It's an interesting (and sometimes challenging for me) age. Nine is kind of tough. A bit bittersweet as he's growing up and pulling away (which I know is normal, but still hard, nonetheless), but it's also so fun at the same time as he becomes more independent, more sophisticated and just such an overall interesting human. I see slivers of the adult he'll become one day and that's pretty awesome. You have so much to look forward to, mama!
threewildthings : @vonbruens Haha! They sure are. Messy and fun! 😝
theguzmanaragons : We want to see the messy part!!! Hahahaha
theguzmanaragons : We never! Make the beds before leaving the house in the morning! I don' t have time. It was a big deal for me before , you know, in case we had visitors or something... I don' t care anymore.
threewildthings : He is really supposed to make it every day before he goes to school. That day, we were running late, so I gave him a pass! πŸ˜‚ But it's the one thing that really bothers me -- to see it unmade! I know I should probably care much less @theguzmanaragons. 😝😘
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New year, new adventures, new memories. #happy2015
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jumplittle : Yay! The seashore!
lightlovers : Beautiful! May they be wonder filled adventures hun 😘
threewildthings : @theguzmanaragons Happy Happy New Year! Wishing you such a wonderful 2015 filled with lots more love, great health and continued happiness! 😘😘
threewildthings : @lica765 Happy New Year to you! Hoping 2015 is a great one! With that beautiful new kitchen, I'm sure it will be! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜˜
threewildthings : @solo_mermaid Happy New Year! Wishing you lots more beachy sunsets and salty waves in 2015! 😝😘
threewildthings : @lc905 Happy New Year! 😘😘
threewildthings : @jumplittle Yes! Finally! My happy place. Happy New Year to you! 😘
threewildthings : @lightlovers Oh, thank you sweet friend! Wishing the same to you and your family for 2015! 😘😘
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