The weather was perfect so we made plans, big plans. We wanted to go out and explore and do stuff.
In the end we didn't venture far from home. We didn't even do anything big or exciting - We just played on swings and ran on the grass, ate lollipops and laughed at little sisters who got lollipops stuck in their hair, had a simple dinner and ice cream treat after.
But I watched my girls as they ate their ice-cream, offering us tiny spoonfuls with their lips smudged with chocolate sauce, and I wished with all my might that this day, this moment, would forever be engraved in my memory. That I would always remember a time when they were 7 and 3, and that playing in the park and having ice cream together would be enough.
Sometimes I fall into what I call my "mode of envy", when I yearn for material things that we don't have. But today reminded me that material things are much less important than spending time together with the ones that we love. That a big house is wonderful but perhaps not as wonderful as hearing your child say "Thanks Mama, today was a fun day". That being able to drive home quickly after a tiring day would be nice and sometimes, it's really what we want, especially when everyone's cranky! But playing laughing with your kids at the bus stop and playing silly games with them is priceless.
So, as simple as it was, it was a perfect day.