There is something supremely wonderful about young people. Their incredible ability to go from huge bursts of energy until the small hours of the morning, to finding it almost impossible to get out of bed until lunchtime!
These gorgeous young creatures seem oblivious to their own burgeoning beauty. I am reminded of foals with their long, elegant legs, still growing. tanned and perfect.
Now that my daughter has left school, I miss the endless bodies, both male and female strewn in the garden on warm summer days, the make shift beds when so many decide to stay over, along with the rounds of bacon sandwiches and mugs of tea that are apparently essential fodder for a teenager! Heading off in various cars, music blaring, body boards loaded for the beach, returning, sun kissed, trailing dripping wetsuits and endless sand!
I am always amazed at just what my daughter and her girlfriends could possibly find to talk about for SO long deep into the night, endless giggles and screams of indignation at any boy stepping out of line. I love the fierce protection of their friendships and their loyalty and compassion for each other.
I have been reminded of these days by a wonderful extract from a book I have just read. It moved me hugely on reading it as it resonated completely.
Wonderful, so true, magical powers indeed! Book extract from Toast and Marmalade and Other Stories by Emma Bridgewater