“Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we're here.”
--Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees
Yesterday evening was beautifully slow. It was the kind of evening that I would love to rewind and replay over and over.
After dropping the boys off at summer camp, we spent the day swimming, got far too much sun, and, generally, wore ourselves out. I was looking forward to a relaxing evening. I had the girls shower when we got home from swimming and I slathered Noxzema on their shoulders and faces. (Noxzema is the best for sunburns.) We all put on our cotton nightgowns. It was only suppertime but I knew they'd be cool and comfortable for the rest of the evening if they got in their nighttime clothes. In the winter, the girls and I wear flannel. But, in the summertime, we each have a white, cotton nightgown that make a body cool just by looking at them.
We went outside and sat on the glider under the tall maple trees. We made some iced coffee, sat, rocked and sipped. Then they played a game where one child sings and the others dance. When the singing stops, the dancer must freeze in position. It was so fun to watch them dancing and hear them sing their songs.
There was a general air of silliness and much laughter happening in the yard. I ran inside to get my camera because I thought the girls looked so pretty with their suntanned faces, wearing their white nightgowns. Of course, no one wanted their photos taken but I snuck a few in anyway. We ate a shrimp cocktail which tasted wonderfully salty on a hot summer evening.
After the singing and dancing game, I put the Glenn Miller station on Pandora. It reminded me of my grandma and how we'd sit outside in her yard in the evenings in our nightgowns when I was a child. She'd play big band music on the record player loudly through the patio screened door so that we could hear it in the yard.
Then I rolled the girls' hair and mine in pink foam rollers and went back inside to watch the Great and Powerful Oz. My girls like to their wear pink rollers to bed and wake up with a head of ringlets. I've been setting mine often lately and attempting a lot of the vintage hairstyles from this book. (The vintage makeup book by the same author is fabulous as well.)
It was an evening that was nothing particularly special yet everything felt special about it. Ever have a day like that? One that you'd like to freeze in time or put in the back of your mind to chew on a while?