In their name, if nothing else, my humble gratitude for this day...
Yesterday both my nanny guy and Satchel were off of school so we had a pretty fun, all-consuming, well-rounded day together. A little of what they love (I took a couple for the team), and a little of what I love.
We started out with a matinee of Frankenweenie. Yes, ugh. A Twilight Zone-ish animated film in black and white. But don my 3D glasses I did right along with the best of them.
I also siezed the opportunity and took a little ten minute snooze I think (thank the Lord I didn't snore)
Then I took the boys to Play Well in San Anselmo. It's a floor to ceiling Legoland where you pay by the hour for children to play, all the while with engineering guidance. The boys worked together on a ship with a wild and crazy story of good guys and villians. I believe it was a carry-over from Satchel's conversation earlier that morning where he explained the difference between villians and heroes to his little sister: "I mostly like the good guys best, but the bad guys have the best voices."
My favorite passengers on the whole ship after it was completed were these two: "Guys on a Coffee Break". I guess even your everyday villian needs a coffee break. Alas, addictions have no borders.
Then the best part of the day, the coup de grace was a dinner picnic, burgers and fries and milkshakes to go from Best Burger, at China Camp. It was a glorious fall evening. A softly setting sun from a sky full of moist clouds. A subtle chill yet no feeling of needing a sweater. And plenty of room to run and chase and climb and watch the beautiful natural world going to sleep around us.
I truly stop and pause in gratitude for this day with these beautiful children: to those who lost their lives so unfairly so many years ago.