Do you ever have those moments where you feel like you’re catching a glimpse of your life on a movie and you think to yourself “Wow, I really am a grown-up now!” or even just a simple “Oh my gosh, I’m a MOM and this is my family!”?
I had one of those moments the other day as we were Reclaiming Sunday.
It was a rare day of sunshine and blue skies smack dab in the middle of monsoon season and to maximize it we decided that instead of going out to a park or the beach we would slather on sunscreen, gather up our beach towels, and head out our back door.
Oh, it was glorious.
We pulled out the small, brittle plastic wading pool that we got from Freecycle and let Levi fill it with cool hose water. Ryan put up our “new” swing set (another Freecycle score) and attached the shiny, new toddler swing that Levi got for his birthday. Buckets and shovels and balls scattered across the surface of the yard. I reclined in a lounge chair under the frangipani tree eating grapes and feeling like the luckiest woman on the planet. Levi ran loose, buzzing between the pool and the swing set, the dirt patch and my lounge chair. Friends dropped in and stayed for a cool drink and to watch the unfolding show as Levi learned how the hose worked and stumbled gleefully through the sprinkler. Ryan got his BBQ groove on.
We laughed. We relished. We relaxed. We soaked it all in.
Yes, it was glorious. One of those days that is so simple, so unpretentious, so “normal”, and so perfect.
One of those days that goes down in my little mental record book titled “Best Days Ever”.
We got to the end of it wishing we could rewind and do it all again.
Not every day off is so Norman Rockwell – our lives are not perfect – and yet it’s days like these that somehow make their way into shaping both ideals and memories of what family time is all about. It’s days like these that prove how easy it is to find joy in the simple things… if only you take the time to slow down and look for it.
Dear friends, what are you doing to create some family time or good memories this week? What are you doing to unearth some joy in your life?
for the love of a sprinkler,