Last Tuesday Sylvia and Ayla were wearing sweaters over sweatshirts to go strawberry picking in the morning. Today, we only managed one box of berries because it was sweltering even at 8:00 in the morning.
Meanwhile, my kids were digging ponds and dams and singing and playing some sort of zombie tag in the water with varying combinations of children.
I see how easy it is for Camille to walk up to another kid and say, "What's your name? Wanna play?" Sylvia transitions back and forth between joining in and doing her own thing. Ayla loves running in and making a big splash over and over. When Ayla tired of that she sat in the shallows singing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star to herself while she dug with her shovel and pail.
I soak it up. The buoyancy and coolness of the water, the warm sand underfoot, the sound of splashing and giggling, friends and games and snacks and dragonflies. Life IS good, even without air conditioning :)