Did you know that we had a mini heat wave last week? Three days of above 90 degree temps (which was the reason why there were brownouts in our kitchen neighborhood). But by the time the weekend rolled around, the weather was pleasant after some of the craziest thunderstorms on Friday that I have seen in recent memory.
All of Saturday was spent outside. Mia and I went to the Farmer’s Market after dropping Claudine off at a birthday party and we took a trip to the library to borrow some books for the upcoming week. She was indecisive so I picked out some books that I loved reading as a kid: All-Of-A-Kind Family, A Little Princess, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. We spent the rest of the day crashing our friend’s block party a few streets down. Perched on their brownstone stoop for most of the day and evening, I watched the neighborhood kids run around in bathing suits and water guns, whiz by on scooters and skateboards, draw with chalk in the middle of the street while adults sat around drinking wine and beers, listening to live music and talking about how fast the school year passed.
At night, the fireflies came out and the girls went firefly hunting. When it got pitch dark, E.T. was projected on a huge screen and we sat on tarps in the middle of the street. The kids were tired as the movie ended past 11pm, but they sat there with eyes glued to the screen, especially during the last half hour. I saw Mia look over at us now and then with a grin on her face.
Welcome to summer. It doesn’t really get more New York than this.