This week’s prompt is: PLAY
This is my first summer working since … oh … maybe college. And yes, college, for me, was a long time ago. I know, I’m terribly spoiled. But I’ve accepted the reality and I’ve done my best to hunker down and get it done. To a fault, perhaps.
I find myself viewing the carved out time to play a round of Dutch Blitz after dinner as an inconvenience rather than a relief.
This past week, over the 4th of July, we had some friends staying with us from out of town. They came with their six-year-old and eight-year-old, which made five kids and four adults in one house.
I ended up taking two half days off so I could spend time with them, and on one afternoon, we went to the beach. I stood at the shoreline, waves crashing over my sand-covered feet, and I soaked in the sun and the kids’ abandon.
When four of the kids took a break from swimming to build a sand castle, I saw my youngest alone in the water, and took the gap. I ran into the lake, knees lifting high to minimize the water’s resistance. My son laughed at my scrunched up shoulders and shrill squeals over the chilly water temperature.
“Mom, you just have to go under two times, then you’ll be fine.”
“Two times?!” I questioned, doubtful.
“Yeah! C’mon, let’s do it together.” So hand in hand, we took a deep breath and plunged under the next wave.
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