Late on a Sunday

Many times on a hot Sunday TheWeeOne asked to go to the lake for a swim; but I was committed to other tasks. Finishing our last errand, the evening waned, and I was tired from a long day.
Driving home in the car she asked again,

Can we go to the lake now?

I sighed,

I told you that we wouldn’t probably have time for that today.

She drooped a bit…

Do you have your suit on?

perked…

No – but I can swim in this unitard – it’ll work! But I want my mermaid tail!

I did some quick math

Ya know, it’s 9:00! By the time we get home, get your tail, get a towel, and get to the lake it’ll be 9:30 at least. The park closes by then. I feel like sitting and watching a movie or something…

She drooped again, disappointed. I thought for a minute, recognizing my “logic” as excuses – and besides, she’d been watching videos off & on all day while I was busy. How many times did I tell her to go play?
So I said…

Of course…sometimes going swimming late at night is just one of those crazy ideas that you…kinda just…have to do.

<pause> she looked at me solemnly in the rear-view mirror and said bluntly,

This is a crazy idea that I just have to do.

Who am I to stand in the way of crazy?

Arriving home TheMommy recognized the drive of the crazy idea right away and dutifully braided TheWeeMermaid’s hair – she had energy that should be encouraged.

Driving away – I closed the windows to the sweet night air and cranked the stale heat in the car to pre-funk her skin for the cold I predicted.
She grinned with anticipation.
I sweated.

The parking lot was being cleared by staff, 30 minutes after closing but I wouldn’t be dissuaded, on her behalf, by such trifles.
I parked illegally across the street.
We jaywalked.

Finally – with some shivery hesitation – she jumped.
LateSundayJump

The water was warm and she implored me to join her. I explained that I wasn’t ready, didn’t have my suit, had my phone in my pocket, was enjoying taking pictures – all excuses and I knew it.

She played, challenged herself to a mermaid dive, a mermaid swim without holding her nose, and 30 minutes later crossed the large area, from the dock to the beach.
LateSundaySwim

As we departed in the full darkness of the summer night, we jaywalked again and casually drove home.
She was still exhilarated, shivering a bit, the heat again blasting.

Was it worth it?
Oooohhh it was SOOOOO worth it – Mommy should have come and YOU should have gone in too!
Yeah – I probably should have.
You are probably gonna regret it later.
You are probably right.

LateSundayPowerPose

Hello Darkness

Last night TheWeeOne and I went to a movie. We didn’t speak on the way home – it was late.

Pulling into the driveway, the engine stopped, and we rested briefly in the quiet. My ears hissed and echoed the freeway speeds like a small shell on the beach.

I said,

It’s so quiet here

She nodded and I filled the space again.

But, I guess I hear like, a hissing noise in my ears.

She gestured with her chin out the window wordlessly, paused for effect, and said

Silence has lots of sounds.

Some recent events

Yesterday – LaGrande and I took a twelve mile ride – her first on my original Silvio. She handled it quite well – all on the flats.
Still some swerving and loss of concentration but she is relaxing into it and managed to increase her peak speed three times during the ride – all on the flats.
First 17mph was her goal; done.
Then 19mph was her goal – she hit 20.
Then the last part segment of the day she was shooting for over 20 – she hit 22.
Beyond that her average speed was around 13mph.

a favorite quote

I like the wind on my face! I can see why you like this!

Cruzbiking - next gen.

Then, today, I took it upon myself to thin the herd in the front of the house.
Removed a lot of the juniper and other evergreens that were choking out their neighbors.
Essentially – we’re setting the stage for enabling some of the nicer ornamentals to fill out.
I’m exceedingly itchy tonight.

Shrub Removal Before

Shrub Removal During

Shrub Removal After