Summer Afternoon

“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”  ~Henry James

Today was unbelievably gorgeous! And hot! Oh boy, was it hot. The news tonight said we hit 99 degrees! I couldn’t think of a better place to spend the afternoon than on the water.


So after we went and had lunch with Rob at work, the kids and I loaded up the kick-boats, donned swimsuits, grabbed life jackets and headed for the pond. We then spent the next couple of hours rowing around the pond, periodically jumping into the refreshing water.


The kids all practiced their rowing, we played bumper boats, had a race, boys vs. girls, the boys won. Even I swam around, which I don’t normally do in ponds. I even dunked my head! Unintentionally, of course, but a dunk is a dunk!

When it was time to pack up and head for home, William wanted to know when we could do this again. I think he’s feeling pretty neat now that he is big enough to row his own boat and jump in the water whenever he wants to. He doesn’t have to wait for Mom or Dad, he doesn’t need his hand held anymore, he is old enough to do things on his own.


What a marvelous afternoon it was. And to answer your question, William, we will do this again soon. Very, very soon. But only if we can have another race, and we girls aren’t going to let you stinky ol’ boys win again…