I know by the day lilies that these photos are from early July. aside from that, they just as well could have been from tonight. Claire has been asking, almost daily, if we can have a fire and roast marshmallows after dinner and, almost daily, we've been finding excuses to say no. silly, silly us.
so we said yes tonight. in fact, we said 'great idea!'. we had a little fire and roasted marshmallows until the bats came out and then we watched the bats and she threw handfuls of leaves in the flickering flames.
we intend to have fires regularly, but often the lack of dry kindling, or uncooperative weather, or general grumpiness and forgetfulness seem to get in the way and muck up the plans. so here's to un-mucking. here's to saying yes more often, to many things. especially if it seems like no big deal to me yet such a big deal to her. it could be she's just trying to help me slow down and enjoy myself. here's to remembering that there is a lot of fun to be had right in the back yard. here's to these delicious in-between days as summer packs his bag and autumn comes whispering in.
and by the way- that little chair. a friend gave that to Claire and I love it. it makes me think of my childhood and for some reason it makes me picture my dad in cut off denim shorts and big brown sunglasses, very likely sitting in a very similar (except for the size, obviously) chair in our backyard.