I didn't feel like walking to gymnastics. I felt like staying in the car.
But the rain had stopped, so I didn't have an excuse. I pulled out the baby jogger and strapped the girls in.
The air still smelled like rain, and wet grass, and growing things.
There were flowers in people's gardens: roses clustering over fences, purple rhododendrons, irises, red poppies. A breeze rustled the bright green tree leaves above our heads.
Then Anna said: "Those birds are in the shape of a bunny!" and she pointed up at the sky.
When I looked, I saw two flocks of pelicans in formation. Huge birds with enormous wing spans.
I stood for several moments totally transfixed, until Anna's little voice urged me on. "Let's stop standing here looking at birds!"
But, thank you God, for the gift.