August 11, 2006
With-a-Why and Suburban Nephew were born only a few weeks apart. It's the kind of thing that happens in my family: whenever I get pregnant, one of my sisters will conveniently get pregnant so that my kid will have a playmate close in age. When Red-haired Sister is in town, With-a-Why and Suburban Nephew play together for hours every day. Two small boys can find all kinds of things to do on a lazy summer day.
We spent this afternoon at the Very Big Lake, visiting a little nature center and then hiking down to a beach full of smooth rounded rocks. My parents brought a picnic lunch for all of us. (Yes, that's right. I am 45 and my Mom still makes my lunch. Well, only on outings.) Dandelion Niece and Neighbor Girl stripped off their clothes to play in the surf, since the crashing waves were just the right size for their small bodies.
But With-a-Why and Suburban Nephew had purchased bamboo flutes at the nature center. With-a-Why, who plays the piano and jams with his brothers, figured out quickly how to play notes and then a tune, and Suburban Nephew caught on quickly. Delighted with themselves, they played the high-pitched instruments as loudly as they could, all the way down the trail through the woods and down to the rocky beach, where thankfully the crash of waves helped muffled their song.
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