When the sun is out and the weather is warm, us Pacific Northwesters like to talk about it. I am no exception. I'm pretty sure there has been one warm and sunny day since September. The sun came out this weekend and it was warm so I decided to go on a run. This only happens when it's nice out. If the sky is grey and it even looks like it might rain - count me out. I am not a true Pac NW'ster - you will find them biking up mountains in the snow. Like this:
*Side note: I just totally made up "biking in the snow" only to find that people actually do it. With smiles on their face. Go fig this picture was taken in the Pac NW. Anyway, as I was galloping through my neighborhood I noticed people. Lots and lots of people. Families picnicking in the grass at the park, tweens hanging out in groups under the tree's talking about "who like's Blair." Mass amounts of children riding their bikes around the pond. As I was awkwardly and creepily running behind this little girl on her bike, she suddenly glanced back at me and I thought she might scream, but instead she let out a sweet and cheery, "hi!" Ah, the sunshine really brings out the best. I even got a bee caught in my hair for like 2.2 seconds and didn't even care. By "didn't even care," I mean that I didn't suddenly stop in my tracks and scream. I kept running, with my eyes closed while swatting at the side of my head. When the buzzing had stopped, I opened my eyes and wondered why I had closed them? Maybe to protect them from the bee? The point of my far too long story is that it truly brought me joy to see adults, teens and children out and about, enjoying the outdoors and each others company. No television, internet or video games. Just good 'ol fashioned fun. Riding bikes, having picnics, napping in the grass and running. In fact, it was so great that I quickly ran home to sit in front of my computer and write about it. Maybe I'm missing the point?
Happy Monday everyone!