No child but must remember laying his head in the grass, staring into the infinitesimal forest and seeing it grow populous with fairy armies. ~Robert Louis Stevenson
Having infant twins plus a four year old is hard, often isolating work. Our summer was hard. Just getting to the grocery store is a challenge. We've had a lot of take-out.
On top of the normal stresses of adjusting to life as a "five family" as Cecelia calls it, we've had an extra-large helping of family crises. To say our plates are full is an understatement.
I probably don't need to tell you that we didn't have any trips to the zoo this summer or many visits to the pool or dozens of summery playdates. We stayed home. We played with neighbors. We enjoyed probably too many episodes of Daniel Tiger on the tablet.
Yesterday we filled up the kiddie pool, put the babies on a blanket and splashed around. I knew it would be one of our last warm days and school started today. After the twins napped, we sat outside to have a clementine. Before heading back to the pool, Cecelia looked at me and asked me seriously:
Can you protect my clementine from bugs and fairies?
Yes. Yes my dear, I can watch for fairies.
We'll do that zoo trip soon. But I'm thankful that in the midst of all this change and chaos, my growing girl still has a healthy dose of magic in her life.