"Wow, Dad! I didn't know you could climb trees!" my daughter cried.
"What? I'm not that old. I can climb trees," Mark asserted (several times that day).
My daughter joined him, swinging up with a bit of help, and perching beside them.
"C'mon, Mom, let's all go up!"
"I'm too short. My hands can't get a grip." I laughed and complained. They urged me, good-naturedly teasing me and trying to spite me into success. Laughing, jumping, and falling, I stood barefoot in the grass looking up at them.
"My shirt will gap open! Sorry, it's not a good tree-climbing shirt." I worried.
"John, don't look for a sec," Mark advised. Handing Daniel to the kids, he jumped down, and hoisted me up. I scrambled ungracefully to his shoulders, scooted up from there, and grabbed on to the branch, shrieking and giggling. My oldest nearly fell off the tree in silent laughter.
Finally, we were all there, six feet off the ground, grabbing onto the weathered bark of the branch. Wrapping ankles together for balance, I reassured Daniel that we were fine, and Mark set up the camera for our family photo.
Happy August 12th to you, friend! Kids around the nation start school this week, others start in a few weeks, and my son moves onto his college campus soon.
Savor today. Savor your family and friends. Climb trees, look silly, laugh hard, and build family memories. What crazy or fun thing have you done this week? I love hearing from you.
Linking with Emily at Imperfect Prose.