This past weekend was very special. My dear friend hosted my husband and I as guests with her membership to a lovely nature reservation on a hot, humid, afternoon. I finally got to do something I’ve been dying to do all summer: go for a swim. Summer just isn’t summer without swimming to me. The lapping of the gentle waves, the splashing and laughing of children jumping in the water, the sunshine dappling as a lone hawk flew overhead. Who knew a simple 10 minute swim could be so refreshing, physically and emotionally? Then afterwards, to be able to see my friend’s baby girl get to splash in her parents arms and experience the same joy of the water made it even sweeter. To spend an afternoon on the lake with close friends was perfect indeed.
So how was it possible to top of such a great afternoon? To go to the hospital where my sister had her first child and meet my third nephew. Such tiny hands, such little eyes, but so much excitement and love for this new life. Regardless of all the everyday to-do’s and worries, having a weekend with close friends, a simple swim, and the experience to be present for my new family member’s entry to the world makes me realize how perfect, rich, and full my life truly is.
Congrats to my sister and brother-in-law! Good thing the baby shower was LAST weekend, and not this past one!