Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. – Henry James
Emma has unfortunately has been sick pretty much every hot day this summer aside from one weekend. In Oakland we have very few summer like days. The weather will jump twenty or thirty degrees and those are the best days to visit the outside city pools (or the usually cool and windy San Francisco coast). I realize however that Emma is not bothered by this at all. She likes Oakland and being outside at the gardens and the parks, and the pools when she gets the opportunity. She can watch the seasons change here. And she always looks to the change of autumn with anticipation since it is the season of her birthday.
It is the time of year that the Oakland Municipal Band plays in the park. The band stand is in a nice spot in Lakeside park between Children’s Fairyland and the Gardens. Today we set up our picnic near the band and stayed long after they were through. It was a lovely afternoon listening to music and Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast, enjoying our cantaloupe and avocado, sweets and tea, and resting in the grass on a warm sunny afternoon.