At long last, Fall has arrived in Florida. It was oh so apparent as we headed out on Friday to join our other homeschooling compadres at our weekly park day. Instead of lugging a large water thermos, and battery operated fan (for someone who shall remain nameless but is going through likely menopause ALONG WITH HER OTHER MEDICAL MALADIES), I was toting sweaters and mittens.
Keep in mind that the temperature was hovering somewhere in the 60’s, but when the thermometer dips below 70 degrees, Floridians are known to pull out their parkas.
All of the homeschool moms were huddled on benches pulled out far enough for the sun to hit, thusly warming our weary bones. The children frolicked about, with an extra skip in their step.
I live for Friday park days. This last Friday, I particularly sat quietly counting my blessings. I enjoy these women so much. There is no pretense, no one-upmanship. This is a group of precious moms who share in the same struggles, insecurities, and hardships that I do on a daily basis. And we can uphold and encourage one another at least one day a week. Fridays are a day that I do my best laughing.
I was also watching all of the children last Friday. I marveled how all the different ages were playing together, and except for the occasional sibling argument, they all get along so well. And the typical boy/girl rivalry and ensuing spreading of cooties is kept to a minimum.
Jensen is at his most joyous on Friday afternoons. Not only is he free to assault all of nature with his boisterous banter, but he’s with his very best buddies. Jensen turns into the pied piper, leading a large group of other 5 and 6 year olds around engaging in games. Games that often include the character of Mario and his sidekick/brother, Luigi. But there’s always room for a Princess Peach and Bowser.
His betrothed is also there on most Fridays. Regarding Jensen’s romantic life, while he is engaged still to “E”, there’s another part of the saga which I have not mentioned. “E” has an identical twin sister, “K”. “K” also has feelings for Jensen. But thankfully, the sisters are willing to share his affections with no ill feelings.
He has declared both of them his “girlfriends” at this point, since it is very difficult to distinguish one from the other. However, “E” is generally the one who arrives sporting hand drawn nose and whiskers on her face. In ink. She is also the sister that wears a gallon sized storage bag on her head as a hat.
I love that about her.
The other day he was talking about how nice they are and how they are his BFF’s, and he ended the conversation with, “They love me.”
His future mother-in-law and I make it a point to keep laser eyes on the three of them at park day. Especially since one afternoon we spotted Jensen and “K” exchanging a hug, followed by a kiss before departing. We were both too stunned to breathe.
Jensen insisted that the kiss was on the cheek, but from our angle, and with both of our failing eyesight, the mothers in question were not certain.
Since then, all 4 parents have had lengthy discussions with our offspring about reserving the kisses for the parents.
The thing we hold onto is that the 3 of them are just really touch-feely-hugging-kissing kind of kids. And their actions are so pure and innocent. Showing affection is something that simply bursts out of them spontaneously. We should all be more like that.
Still. We watch with laser eyes.
But they make my heart happy.
I am enjoying the drop in temperature more than you know. While I can’t engage in my annual underwear dance on the back porch, I have been celebrating by organizing little spaces in my house that have been sadly neglected.
I am so excited about the upcoming holidays, hopefully receiving a diagnosis, and beginning a treatment plan that will start me on a path to healing. That’s my Christmas wish.
Do y’all have any special projects that you are tackling before the holidays?