It's hard to believe but after a very cold and rainy month of May, we finally have something that might qualify for summer. German summer are fickle - you never know whether they arrive, when, and for how long they will stay. So Germans tend to flock outside in masses and make the best of it - one ray of sunshine and the charcoal for barbecue-ing is sold out, no grill meat to be had at the butcher's after 11 am, lawn mowers scent the air with freshly cut grass, people dig in their yards, children run wild in the backyards with the sprinklers on.
That pretty much describes us, as well. The weather turned nice on Friday and we spent the last weekend of the kids' two-week Pentecost vacation like this:
Running around naked
Turning on the sprinklers
Hanging out and reading in the hot noon hours
Going to the pool and hanging out with friends and relatives
Barbecue'ing in the backyard
Having all our dinners outside
Digging in the dirt and planting new plantsCleaning out the shed
Putting up a new mailbox (an American one, on Alan's insistence)
Putting up a warning sign for all those high-speed trucks passing our house
Installing a rain barrel, finally
Losing a tooth
Mowing Breaking the lawn mower
And writing a letter to the President.
Small wonder, I suppose, that all kids whined about going back to school this morning...