Friday, August 8, 2008

Watching the sun set

Watching the sun set has to be just about the most perfect activity out there! The other night Samantha came to me and asked if she could plan a family activity, she wanted to go out on the deck and watch the sun set. So, last night that is exactly what we did. Samantha made peanut butter cookies that we ate while we sat and watched the sun set. It was beautiful and we really enjoyed the family time together. It was so relaxing to just sit and talk with John and Samantha and not have to be "doing" something or worrying about anything else. We talked about the clouds and listened to the sounds of the neighborhood. There was someone mowing their lawn and the sound of an air conditioner. Those may not sound like noises you'd seek out to listen to but they were really perfect because those are the sounds of our neighborhood and you could just imagine everyone carrying on with their daily lives while we were sitting there watching and listening to it all go by. Once the sun set we went back inside and carried on with our nightly routines. After Samantha climbed in bed I read her one of my favorite books from when I was a child, "Wake Up and Good Night" by Charlotte Zolotow (c.1971). There is one page where the kids are in bed in their cool, dark room and they can hear the hushed voices of the adults downstairs. I used to love that when I was a kid. We all went to sleep with that cozy, happy feeling you get after a really great day.


Dawn said...

I remember as a kid, I also loved that feeling you describe, of the kids feeling cozy in bed while they listen to the adult's hushed voices downstairs. I'll have to look for that book.

Anonymous said...

She is one very special and mature young lady Kate and she even bakes, WOW!! Sounds like a wonderful evening.