Today my husband, and dedicated father to our children, is taking Haley (almost 7) to learn how to surf. She's got ocean swimming, boogie boarding and body surfing locked down, and so now the natural progression is to surf, on a real board, standing up. This is precisely what motivated our family to move back to Santa Cruz four years ago.
You'd think I'd be out there, snapping hundreds of photographs of this milestone in her life, but I am not. Surely I will have some regrets a little later, but for now, I just need everyone to exit the house. "Go, go! Have fun, Haley. Tear it up! Just remember, if you don't stand up on your first try, you'll get it next time! Ok, off you go! Have fun; and Kevin, guard her with your life!"
Finally, the peace and quiet I've been waiting for, but more importantly, it is my sneaky time! I've got a pint of Hagen Daaz Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream in my freezer that is calling my name. I think it feels neglected that it had to sit in my freezer for a full twelve hours before receiving the attention it deserved. So the family is finally out of the house and I grab the pint, like I'm some kind of junkie. I remove the lid, and then that little plastic wrapping, and dig my spoon into the glorious cup of frozen chocolate until I hit a frozen mound of peanut butter. SUCCESS!
So, in short, I hope that my darling Haley has memories of today that will last a lifetime. In fact I know she will. As for me, I polished off my pint of Hagen Daas, and will retreat to my comfortable bed to read a book, sleep or whatever else I feel like doing. After all, it is June 30th, and that is what June 30th is all about right? Right??