Does it get any better than this?

Yesterday afternoon I sat on the steps of the pool with Pete in my lap and the hot sun on my back. Jenny scampered nearby – up and down the steps, but never too deep.

The pool wasn’t very crowded and wasn’t very noisy. It was rather peaceful.

Fritz and Billy were playing on a round float that looked like a tree stump. Katie wanted on, so Fritz boosted her up. There was barely room for the three of them, and Katie was on the outside edge. Fritz was rocking the float, and Katie was a bit scared of falling off. Without my prompting, the kids did their own problem solving and put Katie in the middle. Now, with both boys on the sides, they had the float rocking up and down with Katie gleefully clinging for dear life!

I sat and watched them play. The float was bobbing and spinning on the water. There they turned toward me: my three older children lying on their stomachs in a tight row with grins lighting their faces. A perfect picture of the happiness of childhood. A perfect picture of the joy of motherhood.

This image, this memory, this moment: please, God, help me perserve it in my mind and in my children’s minds. Let us all remember this slice of heaven on earth, this half-breath of peace and harmony, this time of joy and contentment.

6 thoughts on “Does it get any better than this?

  1. “For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.”– Kahlil GibranA far cry from the rebel I used to know, and yet I cannot imagine more befitting circumstances. I am so glad to see that you are happy and healthy. Kudos on life well spent…– D

  2. Same rebel, better focus!

  3. No, it DOESN’T get any better than a lazy summer day with no fighting and total peace!

  4. Sounds like a good one! God always sends those when we need them the most.

  5. Ha! Yes.I think it was Bergson who said something like,“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.”Regardless… it seems like you have succeeded in creating an amazing life for yourself. I’ve enjoyed the blog – your kids are beautiful – and you are, of course, as brilliant as ever.If you ever have the time, drop me a line – denson@nycmail.com – I’d love to hear from you.“I pray you, know me when we meet again:I wish you well, and so I take my leave.”– David Denson

  6. Michelle, thanks so much for sending me the link to this! It made me feel so happy…I replied to your comment on my blog over there, because it just won’t make sense here. I hope you can save all these perfect moments in your mind and then play them back later, when things are not so perfect. 🙂

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