This afternoon The Schmidtlets scampered around the backyard while St.Matt worked on their sandbox, the puggles napped in the shade of a maple tree, and I picked blueberries.
I dropped handfuls of them into their little sand pails. They washed them in their octopus sprinkler between trips down their slide and visits to watch Dada shovel. The Pip Squeak helpfully pointed out the worms wriggling in freshly turned dirt while The Wild Imp stole berries from his bucket.
Afterward we traded swimsuits and work gloves for shorts and sneakers, plopped them in their stroller, and ran to our favorite ice cream shop. We traded bites on the walk home and I kissed their sticky cheeks before plopping them in the bath.
The past month has been chaotic: I was up in NYC for BEA and Teen Author Carnival, then down in the Carolinas for vacation and visiting old friends. They were wonderful experiences and adventures, but…
Today it was good to feel HOME. 
Even though not a single blueberry made it into the house and I didn’t take a single photograph, it was the perfect afternoon. Not extraordinary. Probably not a day that I’ll remember in a decade, a year, maybe even a month – but perfect nonetheless. Full of those simple moments that are saturated with comfort and contentment.
I wish you all such days.


  • Those are the best kind of days. 🙂

    June 24, 2012
    • I think it’s also a summer thing. I’d like to bottle days like Saturday and save them for the dreaded slushy months 🙂

      June 25, 2012
  • YES. I love days like that. 🙂

    June 25, 2012
    • And the fact that they’re rarer makes me appreciate them so much more <3

      June 25, 2012
  • Val

    I wish you a lifetime of these days! I saw Joe R at a CB workshop last week, and it made me miss you! Hope to see you at your book signing soon!

    June 25, 2012
    • Hi! Oh, I miss you and Joe and the old crew! I’d love to see you–at book signings in October or whenever! <3

      June 25, 2012
  • Sounds like a very good day and I’m sure that the feeling of the day will last far longer than you think it will. These are the memories you’ll be thinking of when you are doing similar tasks with your grandkids.

    July 9, 2012
    • Grandkids! Whoa, slow down there, buckaroo! Time is already going faster than I’d like… 😉


      July 17, 2012

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