I belong to a group on Facebook that’s members are/were bloggers in the adoption community. Through blogging and through participating in this group, I have made a lot of online friends, including two women who live right here in our state. About a month ago or so we planned a play date for today on our side of town, and Zoe and I took our friends Melba (from Dreams Really Do Come True), her son, Rachel, and her son to the local park near us. We had plans to picnic and go visit the splash park. As we walked up to the gate to get in, we were told that the park was closing at noon…it was 11:45am. They were holding some event there that was not open to the general public. We quickly changed gears and decided to drive just a few miles north along Lake St. Clair to Metro Beach.
Lunch was first and then we headed over to the splash park. The kids ran around and splashed each other. We watched them play and giggle with each other. We talked about a lot of things – some adoption-related and some not. I will say, it is WONDERFUL to talk to other friends who built their families through adoption. They just really get it. They really understand concerns, worries, joys…all of it. It’s a gift to be able to talk with them about things we all wonder about, questions we have about our children’s backgrounds, the things that come up when you adopt rather than give birth -- things we all have in common or at least have an understanding about. I feel so lucky to get to spend time with two really amazing women and their great kids.
I think Zoe was asking M where he got his sunglasses from!
C chasing Zoe near the benches
After playing in the splash park, we headed over to take a walk on the sand. There were quite a few families on the beach. I am so grateful that today was such a beautiful, warm day. It really was perfect.
That first step on the sand…
Sand between your fingers….
Finding a treasure like a little stick and digging…
…and the best part: making friends and summer memories. Rachel, Melba, and I were saying as we left the park how great it is to hear the kids giggle and laugh together. I think she said it sounded musical. And she’s right…it’s really the sweetest sound.