It was an early summer day, the temperature was warm. Promise was in the air. My hubby drove into a shopping mall where a small carnival was set up.
I sat on the bench with the newborn at my breast. Watching him taking the older two children through the crowd, smiles, and delight on their faces, I felt true content.
Bryan Adams sang "Heaven" over the crackling loud speakers.
How they laughed aloud as the merry go round turned. The day was embracing their girlhood, their laughter.
Watching the ponies gallop with them sitting astride, I did not worry about the cost of popcorn, hotdogs, or icecream.
I forgot, the electrical bill was due, I had not yet done the grocery shopping, the laundry was undone, the dog was pregnant, the high cost of diapers, the yard needed mowing..........I was in the basking in the sunshine, while my hubby adored his children.
Every single member of my family was content and reveling in joy at those same few minutes. For a brief time, worry had departed from all of us.
That has not happened again.
There has been a job in jeapordy, a sales quota to meet, a book report due, college to think of, a car to repair.........
That was an afternoon that the family was in bliss. It has become a treasured memory. In my mind, it binds us.