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Yesterday he was in the pool and I was sort of laying on my side watching the water as he searched for the dice in the water, raced his own time in a lap, and just practiced the dolphin leap. The sun was at such an angle that the surface of the water was a gorgeous blue green smooth wave and John's splashes were golden white sparkles. I was mesmerized and hypnotized! If I were a poet I could describe it better but you would still not get it. He was talking and swimming and laughing and all I could do was think what a perfect moment it was. When he asked me what I was smiling about I told him that when I thought of Australia for the rest of my life, I would think of those silver gold moments in the pool. He swam slowly up to the edge where I was lying, kissed my nose, and said, "Me too, Mom."
Today John and I went down to South Bank to see a special exhibit of Afghanistan Treasures at the Brisbane Science Center. I have been wanting to see the treasures and he was enthusiastic to learn more about Afghanistan. We read every single sign, every placard. We viewed every single treasure. We took our time and wandered through the exhibit and then through the streets afterwards with simple delight and JOY, our arms around each other. On the train ride home he smiled at me with those remarkable green eyes and said, "This was the perfect day."
Upon returning home we found a very happy and relaxed Elizabeth who had enjoyed a nap (thanks to a nasty head cold) and who had had some very nice alone time. She had read, written, and listened to great tunes...the teen perfect day trifecta. She and I cuddled and chatted on the bed until I needed to get some dinner made. It was such a lovely time!
When Jerry took some time away from his grueling work schedule and spent some time with the family, I knew that we would all remember this day as a wonderful perfectly average day.
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