|Little Deirdre & Mother, Nor circa 1982|
Having to work together is not always easy. This morning I got to tennis without coffee and one of the eight in tears over hidden shoes, but we recovered. They made up an elements game that someone is fire, water, earth and so on, like a combination of Avatar and rock paper scissors. They made sure to include Lucy who had mamas milk powers. Overhearing the development of the game is a piece of my day, a piece of summer memories. Seeing these kids explore the world as a unit is fascinating.
As an only child each of my birthday cakes I wished for a sibling, really truly I did, sometimes prayers are answered on a time table other than our own. These busy summer days, making up games, watermellon dances, beach time and baby Lucy's toes touching the water for the first time make me feel as each birthday cake of childhood held the promise of my future family.