I woke up this morning in the backyard.
Last night my oldest son, Samuel, made it known that he wanted to camp out in the back yard again sometime this summer. He thought sometime after we were done with the GAPS INTRO, or after we get back from vacation. I said, “How about tonight?”
We got the 3 person tent out and set it up quickly and without any swear words being muttered under my breath.
We loaded up with the essentials, including of course flash lights and books, bid good night to the rest of the family, and retired for the evening.
Fortunately the temperature is still cooling down at night, and with the tent windows unzipped, the cool air was relaxing and nice.
We read for awhile, said good night to each other, turned the flash lights off … and dozed off to sleep.
Zoe, our 8 year old black lab, was in the tent with us, sleeping on Samuel’s bag. She doesn’t like to go inside when we are sleeping out there. At least not at first. In the middle of the night, when I had to get up to relieve myself, she made it known that she wanted in the house. I obliged, grateful the tent wouldn’t smell like dog any more.
I woke early to first light, and the sounds of the neighborhood and nature. I was refreshed, and except for a little soreness in my back my body felt good. I laid there in the stillness, resting, listening, praying, thinking, and enjoying every bit of the moment.
The simple things in life are good.
When my son inquires about sleeping out in the back yard it is hard for me to say no, except for when my body is to sore from sleeping on the ground. Lately, it is has been hard to say no when any of my boys ask me to do something with them. They might get a “not now, in a little bit,” but I have been doing a better job of following through and spending time with them doing what they want to do.
Trampoline. Bike rides. Basketball. Game night. Back yard camping.
We all need to spend time doing fun things with our children. Especially in the summer.
Makes life more fun, at least it has been for me.
Now I have to go … evidently the camp out is going to last at least 2 nights.