she learned how to go underwater at a friend's house this week. it broke through all kinds of fear about the water. she showed me first how she went under in the bathroom sink, complete with goggles.
then she took a bath in the tub with the goggles on pretending she was a fish.
one hot afternoon i ran out to grab some groceries and get the mail and i came back to a note saying "we're at the pond!"
i ran down to join them, finding her in the water and him dipping his toes in tentatively. she couldn't wait to show me her water somersaults and underwater swimming. i told her how proud i was of her. i was amazed by how just making that one leap through a fear she has had for so long could allow so much joy to open up for her.
eventually the sun started going behind the trees and her teeth chattered despite the enthusiastic splashing. we forgot towels, so she wrapped herself in the deflated floatie and we trekked back home.
these are summer nights. the smell of the grill going, the birds in the trees, the windows open and the breeze coming through, the smell of the pond and the bathing suits drying on the line, our diets of greens from the garden, the little one running around picking blueberries and peas and plopping down to eat them in the grass. the breakfasts and dinners outside in the sunshine and lounging in the hammock reading books.
the summer is passing us by quickly. for those who live in maine, we know how fleeting it is. how we can blink and it's over in a second. and then the long winter sets in and we feel almost like we put everything on hold again until the summer days arrive.
so for now, we will savor every single second we spend together this summer, starting with our first camping trip together this coming weekend. i'm going to hang on to every moment like it's the only one we've got.
how are you enjoying summer?