The towering oak tree that shades our back yard so beautifully from scorching summer sun also happens to drop six hundred thousand leaves for us to rake and bag every autumn.
The entire house has suffered from one variety of funk or another - swine flu, sinus infection, hacking coughs, extreme fevers - since last weekend. So, I thought it was time for a little outdoor medicine.
We donned dresses and tights, vests and shoes, threw open the door and tumbled outside whereupon the little people commenced whining, complaining, crying, shouting and coveting sand shovels.
Oh, for the love of God people, can't we enjoy the sunny day and the gorgeous weather?!
The answer: Yes!
Kent made a rain shower of leaves.
That Uma rolled in.
And Josephine ran under.
Esme shared moss with Josephine.
And Desmond shared a leaf pile with Uma.
I fawned over my oak leaf hydrangea for the umpteenth time this year. Really, could it be more beautiful?
And the girls found a sunny spot to rest after big play on a spectacular autumn day.
Look at those feet.
Look at that face! Even I feel better now.