Yesterday afternoon I was in my neighbors backyard, watching the kids play on the slip and slide and splash around in the kiddie pool. It was a glorious sound. A sound that I have been waiting to hear for many, many months. This whole scene was not just something I was experiencing all by myself - my friend and neighbor, Ginger, showed up while I was taking it all in, handed me a glass of iced tea, and we both held up our plastic glasses and said, "To summer!" Clink.
We then embarked on a journey into our very near future - what would we like to do this summer? What places and events would we not want to miss? What did we want to experience this summer? It was a purely blissful conversation.
As I looked through the photos from yesterday, I thought about this. And I smiled.
I. Am. Lucky.
I work from home. Mostly in the evenings. I am able to experience summer again. I get to wake up, not too early, and plan a day spent mostly outside. I haven't done that since my high school days. And that was a LONG time ago.
And who knows, with our current economic situation, this may just be the last summer, at least for a while, in which I am pretty much free during the daylight hours.
So, I plan on making the most of it.
And the fact that we started a little bit early this year, has not escaped me at all.