We found sweet freedom in being able to wander out of doors again. Weeks of heat and toxic air from smoke led me to fear the worst for our future. We are accustomed to social distancing practices from the pandemic but to not be able to open a window and breathe the air was too much. We needed this respite to stretch our legs again.
Since the garden is open and utterly beautiful we find ourselves walking there most days. It is always the right temperature. Emma likes to sit and read books together or work on her math workbook and so we find homeschooling is easier in this relaxed way. Then she runs off and finds something interesting and we meet up to look at the frogs. They are small and hide in the green leaves that stick up out of the pond. It is meditative to really look and notice them hiding in plain sight.
We met in the gardens and had a little picnic. Everyone wore masks and we did our best to give each other a little breathing room. It felt like forever since the last time we saw our friends and definitely since March since we even attempted a play date. I think that the girls friendship grew with the lost time and they are excited we will make it a weekly event.