We’re thrilled to announce that our camera winner is
#23, Mandy of House of Rose!
We’ll see you next month, July 16-20!
“It’s raining, mama.” He says, looking up through impossibly long lashes. His tiny fingers splayed to catch raindrops, his face tilted to do the same.
“You’re right, buddy.” I say. “It is.”
I slow, matching his stride, and am about to lace my hand with his when he runs ahead, imprinting his footsteps behind Jason’s and between the girls.’
All of my heartstrings on display.
My feet sink into damp earth, my sneakers and my knees and my fingertips muddy with each step. I don’t mind.
I note the wilt of the greenest leaves, heavy with raindrops pooled from this morning’s shower.
I lift one, peek beneath, find the sweet spot. Deep emerald kissed with sparkling jewels in shades of garnet, ruby, and the finest of merlots.
This moment is mine.
I zoom in on the pluck, the water droplets, the growing mountain of berries by my side.
And when I look up, zoom out, and refocus, I see my other treasures polka dotting this vast field.
They’re picking and laughing and eating. Their fingertips and their lips and even their cheeks tell their story.
Jason and I pick one row apart, each with our own basket to fill. A silent (friendly, mostly) competition.
Brody steps between us, his hands pressed together, overflowing with strawberries. “Look at these!” He says, tossing them into Jason’s basket.
They land in a perfect arc. We watch each berry fall in place between us, happy to bite back our Be carefuls and trade them in for Good job, buddies instead.
Later, after our bellies are (more than) berry filled, I face my children across our kitchen counter, much like Jason and I faced each other earlier that day.
“That? Was so much fun!” Kayli says. We nod our agreement.
I push the conversation further, slicing into our sated silence with demands of a Summer List.
And just like Brody’s scarlet rainbow, their words and thoughts and ideas land in that perfect arc, each one a soft landing between Jason and I.
Welcome summer, indeed.
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