Friday, May 22, 2009

Life is Good (and So is Summer)

Julia was a little sad last night when she realized that she wouldn't be headed to preschool today, like all the other Fridays this year. School is out for the summer, and even more profound, Julia is done with preschool--forever. (There's a chance she may be attending a brief four-morning session of preschool "summer school" at the end of June, but it's not quite the same.)

To cheer her up, I told the girls yesterday that I would plan a picnic at the park today. We invited our best friends, who drove to our house around mid-morning and unloaded kids, bikes, and picnic gear so the kids could bike the block to our beloved neighborhood playground. I followed pushing our double stroller, stuffed with lunch food and drinks, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, jackets, sunscreen, bug spray, extra diapers and wipes, and Genevieve's PJ Bear, who likes to ride.

OK, there was a toddler tantrum (miraculously, it did not involve Genevieve), but aside from that, it was the perfect "summer" outing. The four girls played on the jungle gym, chalked, took off their sandals to climb up the slides, went on the swings, biked (more than once) around the entire bike-path loop that encircles the park's grassy field, blew bubbles, and picked dandelions. We ate sandwiches and cookies at the picnic table, and no one spilled their drink or dropped their cucumber slices into the dirt. The weather was an easy and ideal 70 degrees, calm with partial sun: no 98-degree temps, no 50 mph winds. No schedules, no stress, just the beginning of summer, fresh air and green grass, lilacs in bloom and barefoot kids.

Life is good.


Mnmom said...

I clearly remember the last day of 1st grade for the twins. I met them on the driveway from the carpool and had a big smiley "school is out!" greeting for them. They got out of the car and burst into tears!! They really liked school and were sad to see summer start!
Your day sounds fabulous.

Mom and Kiddo said...

Sounds wonderful. We also had our first picnic of the season this week. Here's to many more to come.

donna said...

Sounds like a perfect day.