In typical fashion I hit the door running, arms wide to embrace my temporary freedom. Eagerly anticipating a summer filled with adventure, camping, pools, lakes, and books, lots and lots of books.
I always have great expectations for my summers with my children ( the ones I birthed, not the ones I adopt from August through May). And being an idealist and perfectionist, it's never surprising that my ideal falls a bit short of reality.
But today, ideal became reality.
Maddox begged to go to the library, get his very own library card, and check out his first books of the summer. We sat on the patio of the library in the cool Palisade breeze, me finishing the final chapters of a beautiful novel, And The Mountsins Echoed, and Maddox exploring the books of the library. He was specifically interested in the Star Wars books. Then he stumbled upon his first graphic novel - The Monster On The Hill.
He asked to go to the park, and once there he suggested we take a blanket under the tree to keep reading our books.
It was bliss, relaxing under the rustling leaves of the cottonwoods, reading side by side with the sweetest boy.
As we packed up to go get his sister, Maddox commented on how much he had enjoyed our morning, and began making plans for us to do it again next week- and each week for the rest of the summer.
If today is any indicator for what lies ahead this summer, I am ready to throw myself in, headlong with wreckless abandon!