Thank goodness for beautiful parks and beautiful friends.
My favorite tradition, as a mama, is meeting friends and their kids (Yes! I have found women whose company I love and whose children my own kids adore. Score!) at the playground.
We have our stand-bys and our new spots to check out. Parks that involve a nice walk beforehand, or a quick parking spot and we have arrived. Park days with kids getting dirty, snacks being shared, mamas laughing, and sometimes, crying. Watching our children become friends, learning how to solve problems, make mud cookies, and reach the monkey bars. Listening to one another talk about parenting, our marriages, cooking, movies, books, Target. :)
Thank goodness, indeed.
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