Why was he so keen? He has just one thing on his mind: Tubing. The man just wants to get in a tube and float down a stream, all the live long day. He's done it by himself. He's done it in the rain, multiple times. He's done it in a box. He's done it with a fox (me).
We'd had a week of temps in the 80's here in Atlanta. I figured it would be more than warm enough for me to put my fanny in a cold mountain river. Then, on Friday, it was suddenly 20 degrees cooler. On the deck for Saturday morning coffee, it was in the low 60's.
Hank acquired a gun that shoots little foam balls. His feelings about that were not as complex.
Back at the house, I took a few snapshots:
|Chairs that Mom painted to match the house.|
|View from the side yard...hey, there's Matt!|
|Hey hon. He needed some hot tub after his excursion.|
|Then I spied the kids coming back from the creek.|
|Never too chilly for a creek walk.|
|Laura mostly likes to ride in the jeep, I think.|
On Sunday it was still coolish, but quite sunny and beautiful. Matt had enjoyed his solitary tubing reconnaissance mission and pronounced it "warm enough when the sun is shining." So of course the kids wanted to go. Just a short trip. Just a little tubing. Understand that while this conversation was taking place, I was sitting in the full sun wearing jeans and a warm-up jacket, zipped all the way, with my chin tucked inside.
Tubing did not seem like the most likely way to spend the afternoon. Reading Country Living, yes. Styling my mom's new bookshelves, yes. Chatting about babies with my sister-in-law, definitely. But I didn't want Matt to have to wrangle both children by himself. So I agreed to go along. How chilly could it be?
Well I'll tell you this: you don't think of wearing a coat while you're tubing, but you totally can. I put on my bathing suit like normal, and then I put my black track jacket right back on over it. For the tricky tube-embarkation part, I just hitched the jacket up under my boobs to keep it dry. Then I was floating along, and the black sleeves kept my arms warm. As for the rest of me, there were some goosebumpy moments. Matt was right, it was warm enough when the sun shone. During the few minutes when it wasn't shining, however, I was about to make for the bank. I thought, "We are crazy people. Crazy people do this." The kids, I think, were insulated by their life vests. But then the sun came out and I was glad we were there. We had a calm, gorgeous float, with plenty of daylight left afterward for all of the other important things, like chatting and losing little foam balls that had been shot from a gun.
|Hank had just said, exasperatedly, "Dave, China and Japan are the same thing."|
I hope y'all have had a good week. Mine has been filled with loading the dishwasher and taking children places. Laura's last day of school is next Wednesday. Bring. It. On.