Yesterday we took a ride across town to one of our favorite parks to have a picnic and relax in the cool shade of the giant old trees. Watching the young parents with their little ones playing at the park brought back a flood of memories. Our kids are teenagers now, but it seems like just a couple of years ago they were climbing on the same play structures and begging for another push on the swing. Boy, how time flies.
After enjoying our shared sandwich and lounging in the shade for a while, we finally mustered the energy to get rolling again. We decided to take the long way home, which just happened to take us by one of our favorite coffee houses. It was getting pretty hot by the time we arrived, so went inside to cool off and have an iced coffee while we did a little more people watching. The coffee shop is located in a brand new, upscale shopping center. The clientele was quite a contrast from the young couples we encountered at the park just an hour before. I couldn’t help but wonder where we fit into that grand scheme.
By the time we made it home it was mid-afternoon and we were roasting. It was quite a relief to come inside to an air-conditioned house and a refrigerator stocked full with iced tea, cold water, and fresh fruit.
The day reminded me how fortunate we are, and how far we’ve come from the days of little kids, swamp coolers, empty refrigerators, and two cars in the driveway.