Our little town has concerts in the park every Thursday night. They are free, fun, and relaxing. A man makes balloon animals for all the children at no charge. Two pizza places sell food on the cheap. Tonight there was face painting, and we're not talking the "paint a sunshine on my cheek" kind, but rather the work-of-art, take-a-picture, that-looks-like-it-was-airbrushed kind. The woman doing the painting was truly an artist. If I thought Madalyn would sit beyond the first brush stroke, I would have had her painted up!
It was the essence of summer for our family: walk down to the little park in the village from our home, eat pizza, watch Madalyn interact with other children, enjoy each other.