I’ve got my own little piece of paradise right here. And I didn’t even have to leave home. The sky is blue and the sun is shining, but I am in the backyard where it stays cool in the afternoon shade. The birds are performing their sonnets, there is the slight background noise of traffic, and every once in a while, the wind chimes add their tones to the mix.
I am barefoot and looking out on the tulips I planted last fall. Even the grass looks nice because my husband worked hard this weekend. The boys are playing joyfully…remembering what it is like to be outside for a pleasant afternoon. I could get used to this. Of course…I don’t really look at weather forecasts very often so for all I know today could be the last nice day. Or maybe we’ll have a whole week more. I have no idea, and that makes me enjoy it all the more.
And now for the part that most of my readers are probably looking for. What are the boys up to? We played basketball on the lawn last night. We discovered it was a lot more fun than keeping the hoop cooped up inside. However there was one glitch…if a ball rolls under the deck, it is very difficult to extract. (Hence the reason Nathan had grass on his back still when we entertained friends for dinner).
This morning after art class, I asked the boys if they would rather go to a park or go home to play. They chose to go home and play with the water table. Nathan and I made the mistake of leaving it outside in the backyard…all winter. So let’s just say I had some cleaning to do. The thing was gross. However, in about 15 minutes I had it and a reasonable amount of toys in usable condition. The rest of the toys will have to wait for another day.
The boys had a blast playing in the morning sun even though the hose water is freezing! They soaked themselves and each other. They giggled with glee and screamed with delight. They played pretend fishing games and splashed and “watered the lawn so flowers would grow…..”
It’s days like these that I want to remember.