Thursday, July 26, 2007

summer perfected

Last night Josh's cousin was playing in a high school baseball game, so I cooked us a quick dinner, packed up all of Gabriel's bedtime paraphernalia, and we all headed over to the baseball field.

The weather was perfect, a cool summer evening, warm enough for shorts and sandals, but not hot at all. We spread out a blanket on the grass and sat watching the game, admiring our sweet baby asleep in his stroller and recalling high school memories. Josh's cousin just graduated, and we traded stories back and forth about that magical summer between high school and college, where your plans were laid out for you, and for once you didn't worry about resumes or applications or grades, and there was total freedom.

I worked at a movie theater that summer after graduation, and was allowed to bring friends to see any movie at any theater in my district. That was the summer of lounging around all day, and then packing up picnic dinners and driving a packed car to the drive-in movie theater every weekend. I knew I'd be moving to Boston come September, and there was this amazing feeling hanging over me of freedom and limitless potential and excitement. So very much excitement. When I see Josh's cousin these days, he has that glint in his eye.

The game ended and as we were driving home, we passed an old-fashioned ice cream parlor packed to the gills with people enjoying the perfect summer night. With just a glance at each other, Josh did a u-turn and we threw caution to the wind. So what if it was the baby's bedtime? So what if Josh had to work in the morning? I had my first sundae in years. YEARS. Complete with sliced bananas, hot fudge, whipped cream and a cherry. Josh had a sinfully rich sundae with malt balls, malt powder, french vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and a cherry. Gabe had peas with brown rice, but thankfully, he doesn't know the difference.

I bounced Gabe on my knee as Josh and I chatted over our ice creams, and I couldn't help but wonder how we got so lucky. We were close to our home, and after a quick change of clothes and diaper, Gabe was settled into bed for the night, just an hour after his regular bedtime. Of course, as retribution for a late bedtime, he woke up in the wee hours of the morning looking for an early breakfast and some snuggles. Still, I think last night will be one of my favorite nights of this summer, sleep or no sleep.

I definitely hope it isn't my last sundae of the summer.

11 comments:

twoxthefun said...

Yes, I remember those days. Such fun and excitment wonder what the future will hold.

Ninotchka said...

awwww, that does sound like the perfect summer night. may you enjoy many more, my friend! xxoo

chatty cricket said...

wouldn't it be nice if we too wwwcould substitute peas and brown rice for ice cream and not notice the difference?

wait, I take that back.

chatty cricket said...

and also, I don't know why all of the "w's" in that comment.

Nadine said...

Your evening sounds lovely.

My summer between high school and college was also one spent in anticipation of a move to Boston. In fact, I did my freshmen orientation before I even had my graduation ceremony. It was a little taste of what I expected to be the best years of my life.

Jessica said...

This does sound wonderful...makes me want to have an evening like that myself.

KLee said...

Now I want a sundae!

liz said...

Do you think that world peace could be achieved if all the people from every nation were able to have a sundae every night?

mamatulip said...

We went to Dave's cousin's graduation party last night and I was flooded with some of the same memories that you were. Those were the days...

amygeekgrl said...

what a perfect summer night! mmmmm, sundaes. my mouth is watering. ;)

Beth & Rob said...

The one lovely thing about blogging is looking back and reading past posts. I ESPECIALLY love to look back a year ago. I just re-read your entry from this time last year - your 18 week scan - what lovely memories! Can you believe that little bean was Gabe? And you wereright it was a boy. Where does a year go hey? And Happy Birthday - I think it must be around here sometime!