tonight after dinner i took The Girls down the road to the pool for a bit. (God love curtis, he did the dishes and wrapped potatoes for me so i could be the "fun" parent for a change.) i was pretty tired, and it wasn't warm enough to lay out (i can see you shaking your head from here, jessica), but i'm so glad i did.
the pool brings out in The Girls a side of them that i rarely get to see anymore. they are attached at the hip, laughing and somersaulting each other over & under the water, calling to one another, seeking the other out, skipping from pool to diving board & back again in tandem. they clamber into my car grinning and sopping, finishing each other's sentences and regaling me tales of ruthless lifeguards & girls with bikini's too small.
and i love it. the tween/teen thing has plenty of bickering and teasing that leads to tears, posturing and pestering and down right bothering each other - sometimes i swear they do it just to make me crazy. but tonight, at the pool, my teenagers became little brown eyed girls again. maybe even mermaids.