We have set up the Inkling Design studio in the basement of the log cabin, here in Clam Lake, Wisconsin. The desk is up against a window that frames a snow covered lawn, lined with pine trees on each side, leading down to Spider Lake 20 meters away.
It is our living artwork and the nature playground for a little brown squirrel that scurries through the thick snow powder under the awning, and the deer herd that stroll through daily, eager for their afternoon delight of corn and apple that we scatter through the snow.
Andy and I brought a cup of tea down for Inga one afternoon as the animal parade was unfolding outside the window. There was silence as I picked Andy up so she could stand on the draws beside the desk and the three of us watched through the window. Through the silence Inga said, “Can you believe we’re actually doing this?”
I have lost count of the number of times we have seen squirrels and deer in our yard, but this was one of those beautiful little moments when the three of us were all present, grateful that we could experience it together, a somewhat meditativeness in the silence. There was no fanfare or the need to disturb it by taking a photo to share with people that weren’t there.
In years to come, when all the ski days blend into one, the names of the people we’ve met are forgotten and the photos taken are just another folder on my desktop, it is the little moments like this that will shape our memory of this adventure.
Treasure the little moments, as they are all that matter: Live immediately