We had a lovely time at UU this morning, where we reconnected with some old friends and I taught RE for 6 kids, with a double focus on both what UU is about and celebrating the fall equinox.
Then the kids and I went swimming and it was entirely too crowded and no fun at all for me. I will never understand how parents can be so completely unconcerned about their children's safety. Kids diving into the 4 ft pool, a 5-year-old unattended in the hot tub. When we left, I made the 5-year-old leave the hot tub and told him to find his grown up, because there was no way I could leave him sitting in there alone. Grrr.
But after that, the two big kids napped in the car as we drove to the mountains, then everyone woke up to enjoy the beauty around us. I was so filled up with joy simply watching my kids' utter delight in nature--the feel of bark on their skin, the red of the leaves, the drizzle of rain, the sound of the water, the unknown ahead on the trail, the mysteries of the holes and crevices at the base of a great old tree.
Sophie is a Momma's girl:
I love my little tree-hugging kids who say things like "Oh dear" and "Nor do I" and "We shall".