We had a nice family dinner out at Soup and Taco, including fried ice cream for dessert.
Then we took a walk through the streets of downtown. We saw a nice couple eating dinner on their front porch (so cute with a little table and candles). There were many homeowners who had traded perfectly manicured lawns in favor of vegetable and flower gardens. Sunflowers rose high into the sky, squash cascaded onto the sidewalk, and grape tomatoes clustered along decorative trellises. Shaded by old Oaks and Pear Blossom trees, the walk was pleasant despite the high temperature.
We stopped to watch kids play with sidewalk chalk, unsure about whether this was a game of hopscotch or simply a number practice. It is a beautiful sight, these remnants of childhood play. I remember those summer days when only my mother calling us home for dinner would bring us inside, and we’d carelessly toss our bikes and balls and toys aside, knowing we’d be back right after dinner to play some more.