it almost felt like vacation

June 22, 2010 |  Category:   dining out family holidays life

Father’s Day was Mark’s first full day off in like a month. We let him sleep in and then went for breakfast at a big diner near my parent’s house. Sometimes you just feel like sitting in a booth in a typical American diner where all the menus are identical and you know you will get ridiculous portions of food. Plus we know that picky Claudine will eat pancakes and sausages, and lots of them. Win/win all around.

We then spent a leisurely 3 hour visit to the town pool after breakfast, the first visit of the season, where we always pretend to be residents of my parent’s town, only we’re not because we have to wear brightly colored guest wrist bands and we don’t really fit in and it’s not only because we’re from Brooklyn.

We drove back into the city early Monday morning and dropped Mia off at school. We found this Father’s Day note in her backpack. Later in the afternoon, the neighbors and I sat on stoops and on towels spread out on the sidewalk while the kids ran amok with the sprinklers. Innocent pedestrians tried to dodge hose-wielding children as they walked past our motley gang. Bottles of beer were passed around. Such a different scene from the suburbs the day before. But that’s how we hang in 90 degree weather here in Brooklyn.

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  • The French June 22, 2010 at 2:24 am

    I love that letter! So cute. Especially the ‘however’ part. Glad you got to spend the day together:)

  • Linda June 22, 2010 at 3:18 am

    such a sweet note!

  • Adele {modernemotive} June 22, 2010 at 6:26 am

    Sometimes you just gotta do diner food. Especially if it’s breakfast! Glad to hear Mark got a day off!

  • bronwyn June 22, 2010 at 9:26 am

    That note is so sweet. I just discovered the joy of taking my daughter to our neighborhood diner. I’ve lived in my neighborhood for 13 years and had never been before a few weeks ago. You’re right. Sometimes it just hits the spot. Love the mental image of kids with hoses and parents hanging on the stoops. Sounds like a great few days.

  • Masha June 22, 2010 at 10:15 am

    That card is so sweet! :) I love the mispelled “dedent”.

  • Anna @ D16 June 22, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I’m glad Mia “likes” her daddy even though he has to work. 😉

    So cute.

  • Annie From Seattle June 22, 2010 at 11:17 am

    We need some pictures of the kids menacing the passer-bys with the hose. I have a hilarious image in my head!

  • and flowers pick themselves June 22, 2010 at 11:23 am

    gorgeous photos! looks like a splendid time.

    xo Alison

  • ninja June 22, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Love the note.
    And isn’t falling water in photographs freakishly beautiful? I mean, your photos are always beautiful, but that lacey water umbrella/mushroom caught my attention for it’s very own beauty today.

  • ftenshin June 23, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    sweet! sounds like a splendid day you’ve had :)