“Mom, can I play in the snow?”
I paused before I answered, replaying the off-season question in my mind. “Yes, when it’s winter. But it’s summer now.”
Perhaps 4-year-old Cate forgot less than an hour earlier she was telling me how hot she was while we she and her brother were in the double stroller at my outdoor exercise class. And maybe she forgot she was dressed in her swimsuit and we were driving to the pool. Either way, she must have been dreaming about cooler days and continued to for another mile, as we got closer to our swimming destination.
“It’s summer now. Then it’s fall. And then it will be winter! Maybe we can build a snowman.” That’s my daughter, processing her thoughts and making a plan.
“Sure,” I said, trying to be the supportive momma. “We can build a snowman when it snows.” I used “we” loosely because I’m much of a summery, sunshiny gal. Although I do realize seasons are part of life.
Not long after our conversation, we applied sunscreen, fastened flotation devices and found relief from the 90-degree humidity in the pool. And I’m guessing Cate forgot all about her mental winter wonderland.
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