Sunlight frolics through the leaves, chasing the shadows on the pavement. The breeze slows and the dance changes, becomes graceful and fluid.
Mourning doves coo a soft melody against the lyrical rustling of the leaves.
Kids beckon their mothers, "Look at me, Mommy!" and "Mommy, look over here!". Moms respond with waves and affirming smiles. Their gazes linger sometimes as they seem to try, as I so often do, to memorize the sunlight kissing their children's faces, illuminating their twinkling eyes and their wide toothy grins and their dirty skinned-up knees.
Girls cartwheel. Boys race. Gnats annoy. Sunshine warms. Clouds roll.
This perfect, ordinary summer day surely won't be one that lingers in my children's memories as they grow and get busy with life. But I pray that this perfect, ordinary summer day takes up residence in mine.