It took a bit of convincing to get the kids outside for the afternoon.
Crisp and cool, it was a refreshing late fall afternoon, too beautiful to be spent indoors. After much procrastination (kids’) and frustration (Mom’s), they were dressed and out. It took about two minutes for them to start having fun. Instead of sitting in front of a video game, they built forts, went for a walk in the woods, and played make-believe on the swing set.
Listening to their carefree laughter was the highlight of my day.
It is a summer weekend in the fall.
Temperatures have soared and time has paused for a moment. Sandals and sunscreen make a brief reappearance. Socks and shoes, jackets and hats are happily left behind.
Although the leaves tumble from the trees, I am in cut-offs and bare feet.
It is impossible not to feel carefree.
I don’t sing in public. Ever.
My kids tell me my singing voice is terrible, and ask me not to sing in the car. But I love to sing, and do it anyway. Just not around anyone outside of my family.
Yesterday, while walking on the beach, though, the kids and I broke into song: “Five Green and Speckled Frogs”.
It was fun and not the least bit embarrassing. (Strong winds and no one else in sight probably helped.)
Maybe I should sing more and care less.