Trade winds rustle the palm frond umbrella which shades me from the blistering sun. My bare back sticks to the plastic cushion; my outstretched legs crisp; and my feet dangle. I arch my sandy toes toward the curvature of the horizon and breathe in humid tropical air. The lapping waves soothe me into a five minute snooze. I awake, lick my salty lips. I'm sweaty and ready for a dip in the Caribbean Sea, my great escape.
I found this easel at the curb. A perfectly good easel on one side and a chalk board on the other.
At the float zone, children chose different colors, textures, and weights of cloth squares to design their own parachutes using pipe cleaners. Lots of thinking and reasoning going on. If the object was light enough and had an air pocket, the air gust would lift it up through the air tunnel, and it would blow out the open top and drift down. Wise guy realized the ones with many pipe cleaners were too heavy, so he found a cloth with no pipe cleaners, laid it on the white air vent, pressed the button for a burst of air, and was fascinated when his cloth floated gently and continuously to the top, then soared out and drifted down. He played here for half an hour.
Next he discovered air-forced ball play and gravity with tubes, PVC pipes, elbows and Ts. He placed the ball in the opening on the other side and air shot it out. He followed the ball's path...and loved every minute of this activity.
"Nana, I want to go to the SSSSSSSSfwimming pool."
It's fun to be two-and-a-half. This was an enjoyable, but a bittersweet day for me. My little guy is becoming a big guy. I was peeling an apple in the sink for his snack when I realized he was standing next to me looking into the sink. He has had a tremendous growth spurt.
You know, we grow in many ways: as writers, parents, grandparents, people. If you are adrift, floating without purpose, stretch yourself. Learn something new, maybe a new word; make a discovery, and surprise yourself.
Now I am off to fill in those little squares on my submission calendar...if I don't get lost at sea.