I haven’t been joining my family for their fossil hunting, lake swimming trips this summer. I usually take the time to catch up at home and maybe rest a bit. But sometimes I like to go too. It’s been in the 90s here this week: sweltering. Jonny hypothesized that it would be about ten degrees cooler along the river, and that there would be a nice breeze. Plus, if we went, we would be arriving after 4 p.m. So, I decided to go. Turns out it was horribly, horribly, I thought I would die of heat stroke hot. There was no breeze. This weather is crazy. I wore a knee length knit skirt and tank top and no compression socks of any sort, but I still don’t know when the last time was that I sweated so much. I walked until I found shade and sat there dripping and taking photos of the tangled plants growing along the cliffs to try and amuse myself, but still didn’t last long. I headed back and told Jonny I’d wait for them at the van. Jonny of course didn’t like that plan, me sitting up at the van by myself, so he and the kids soon followed. Luckily the boys found some nice teeth during the brief time they spent on the beach. Keats and Gabe both found their biggest teeth ever. Keats was so excited that he totally cooperated for a photo. I had to say “Please!” many times to convince Gabe to let me take a photo of him with his tooth. One day he’ll be glad to have these photos I tell him. He doesn’t believe me.
At the end of the day I was glad to have the photos of Larkspur and Beatrix out in the water, Larkspur so clearly watching out for her little sister. Lately, it seems like these girls of ours have been fighting so much and it really breaks my heart sometimes! It’s good to remember that underneath it all there is love. It’s hard though: growing up, sharing most everything, always being together. I remember. I have sisters too.
Later, the kids swam at the lake while Jonny and I watched, sweated, and swatted insects. We grilled hot dogs and ate salad with cucumbers from our garden and tomatoes from someone else’s garden. I had my knitting, but couldn’t even bring it out of the bag because I was too sticky. I drank lots of water to make up for the sweating and the kids had lots of fun, so no harm done. But, next time, I’m staying home!
Today the high is 95. Yikes!
I hope you all have a great weekend!