Wednesday, August 11, 2010

This is the Life

My son is learning to play Monopoly. He is passionate about it. When he is succeeding (which in his world is buying properties, he has little interest in collecting rent -- like his mother, he is better at spending than he is buying), he leans back, laces his fingers together behind his head, and states, "this is the life".

I have at times, questioned my path, but it is moments like this that bring my life in clear perspective. Today, I watched my son walk a balance beam. I watched my daughter inhale a milkshake in the lap of her great grandmother, smiling with each sip and slurp. Together they splashed me like the Titanic going down as they demonstrated their ever-growing swim skills in our small backyard pool. And as I write this, he is setting up the Monopoly board yet again.

So as the summer days wane and I look to the scheduling serenity of the school year, I am taking this moment to embrace the last of the summer chaos and remember that yes this is the life!

8 comments:

Aging Mommy said...

I know, this afternoon my daughter and I were talking and doing imaginative play and it was all just wonderful. Somehow by the end of the summer you have a routine that works despite the lack of breaks and now I am going to miss my daughter when she goes back to preschool. Lovely post.

From Tracie said...

Those little moments, the ones that don't seem so important....can actually be the most important ones of all. Precious and sweet, memories you will hold on to.

Haddock said...

They say that playing monopoly really hones your skills of making the right moves in real life.

chitra said...

When I read your post it reminded me about my son how he also enjoyed playing Monopoly.

Tiffany said...

it's so funny to watch your children. sometimes i'll just stare at them and wish to remember such an innocence...

blueviolet said...

I used to love Monopoly too and I played until all the properties were bought. When it came time to putting up hotels and such, I lost interest! lol


I'm glad you're enjoying the last bits of summer!

Tiffany said...

He said it perfectly!! Glad you are soaking it up.

....Petty Witter said...

I love monopoly - I have to have all the train stations though or there will be tears and tantrums.