Every so often, I’m fortunate enough to have a moment where the people, the place, the circumstances all come together in just the right way. I try to hold on to the way these feel — it’s my goal to live my life such that I experience them more and more. (I don’t know if it’s “reality” or my perspective, but I do feel like I’m having them more often.) Today was a great day — I had more than one of these.
This morning, I went to the “big park” with my mom and the boys. We watched B play on the trampoline, took the train ride around the park, played at the playground and watched B ride on a variety of large mechanical animals. We had a wonderful time. The boys enjoyed themselves so much, the weather was lovely and I could not have asked for better company. At one point, my mom and I, together, were pushing both boys together on the swings. Benjamin had waited while another girl had her turn because he really wanted to swing with Liam. Liam just laughed and laughed on the swings. And, I got to be there with my mom. The sun was shining, there was a nice breeze — I just wouldn’t have changed a thing.
Shortly after that, Benjamin was riding on a large mechanical polar bear with his Grandma walking alongside. I was holding a fussy Liam and I sought refuge from the mid-day sun under the umbrella of an unused mechanical dinosaur. (There’s a sentence I never could have guessed I’d write.) While watching B and Grandma enjoy steering the polar bear around the park, Liam curled up in my arms and dozed off. Pure happiness.
After a morning of fun at the park, we headed home and got on with our afternoon. Then, this evening, Dan & I went out to a movie, just the two of us. It was really nice to be out, as a couple, and we enjoyed our time. Coming home, it was raining and chilly. We walked cozily together under the umbrella and talked about the movie. Vienna is so beautiful, and the rain and the mist and the evening light, along with the company of my husband, combined to make another perfect moment.
Then, I got to come home, snuggle my kids, and visit with my mom for one last evening before she heads home. It was a good day.