Clad in pajamas and sandals, Caitlyn came to me bright eyed and eager this morning and asked, "Mommy, can we go play outside?" A litany of excuses sprang to mind: it rained all night and everything's still wet. There's too much mud. The mosquitoes will eat us alive. I've got lessons planned for this morning. The laundry won't wash itself. Meghan needs a nap.
I put her off for a while, but with dogged determination, she came to me time and again with sandals in hand and an expectant smile, asking, "Now may we please go play outside Mommy?"
I finally relented after lunch. With Meghan down for a nap, I headed outside with Dylan and Caitlyn and spent a wonderful afternoon in the mud. They splashed in puddles, played with tractors, dug trenches, and crafted kingdoms. The sand castles we built today will crumble, but the memories we created will last a lifetime...at least for this mom who almost didn't make time to play.