Longleaf Stories

full circle in the hundred acre wood

Img_0398 When the kids arrived early last evening, the sun was still bright. They said, in a chorus, “Is the big pool heated?”

“Well,” I said, “Let me put it this way. It’s VERY refreshing.”

“Aw, man!”

Kids don’t care about the price of propane.

But they also have not yet gotten so hesitant that they edit their thoughts and actions and become so self-conscious as we adults often do that they fail to act, to be in this very moment, to find the joy.

What did they do?

They jumped in the water.

They screamed and laughed at their brazen impulsiveness. Alex made a big blue water bubble under his shirt that made his head look like he was floating in a fat, ethereal blueberry.

And when you asked Julia “how’s the water”, she grinned crookedly with an adventurer’s gleam in her eye. “It’s WARM!” she hooted, and threw back her 9 year old head and laughed at the sky.

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