Today, the girls and I took a detour and went to a park Rae loves. It was almost empty.

And then it was.

 

The sun plays hide and seek with the clouds but finally decides to stay.

A breeze tussles Rae’s hair and brings roses to Sky’s cheeks.

I stand under a canopy of leaves and close my eyes.

I drink, and think.

 

We run, dig, climb, kiss, laugh. An hour passes.

In the distance, a car door slams home.

Time to go. Time to pass it on.

We walk slowly to the car. I look jealously at the lady and her son. And nod a greeting.

“Enjoy,” I say.

She smiles, and closes her eyes.