Wednesday, July 27, 2005

The good stuff

Sometimes, the most ordinary evenings are the very best there is. Last night was one of those evenings - hardly anything worth writing about, yet about as close to perfect as you can get.

After supper, we set up the tent in the backyard. We hadn't used it in awhile (since we got the camper a few years ago) and are planning to use it this weekend, so we wanted to make sure it's still in good shape. The girls had fun playing in the tent, and were determined they were going to sleep in the backyard last night, but we couldn't find the pump to fill the air mattresses.

At some point, I remembered that I was supposed to visit my Mom's apartment while she's away to check her mail and water her plants. It was a beautiful evening, so I convinced the family to bike there with me. Again - nothing out of the ordinary - just a quiet family moment doing ordinary things.

Here are some of the extraordinary, ordinary moments:
- listening to Maddie have conversations with herself in the buggie behind my bike
- watching Julie and her Daddy race for the stop sign
- seeing the Red River and all its glory at dusk
- giggling with Nikki and Julie when we "stole" a coke from Mom's fridge
- watching the teenagers goof around on their mini-motorcycle (I think they're called "pocket bikes" - wacky and uncomfortable looking, but Nikki was rather fond of it)
- riding over the bridge, looking back and seeing my kids following me
- just plain old riding with my family - it doesn't get much better than that!

This sappy moment brought to you by Heather.


Mel said...

Sounds lovely.

Jo said...

Sappy moments are what life is all about, in my opinion. I can get so caught up in doing things that I forget to enjoy the moment. Thanks for sharing yours.

Gina said...

Yup, the sappy ones are the best!

I love hearing Mr. Personality playing with his little toys and making them have conversations. I just want to burst, it is so cute!

little kernel said...

The sappy moments are sometimes the most real ones, too. For some more snippets of real (though sometimes bizarre) things people are doing, check out my blog to add laughter to the sentimental soup.

Sue said...

Oh, it sounds a wonderful evening. Those ordinary - but perfect- moments are so easily forgotten, so thanks for sharing this one for posterity.

Dale said...

"This sappy moment brought to you by Heather."

Although the written meaning is clear, the same sentence, spoken, might sound like this:

"This happy moment brought to you ..."