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I walked out onto the front porch tonight, just for a moment, as the sun was setting.  It had been a hot and sweaty day, with the kind of direct bright sunshine that I’ve never liked, but the evening had begun to mellow all that.  And though it had threatened rain all day, it never come true on the promise, and yet the smell of  an impending storm hung in the air.

I was only dashing out for a moment to grab something that had been left outside — the children still needed to be fed and bathed and put to bed — but I found myself paused there on the porch.  It was just too seductive — so balmy, and quiet, the sunset golden pink…  I didn’t want to leave it.  It was utterly enchanting.

I have always loved English summers, with their cool freshness, their faint mildewy-ness, the warmish days and chilly evenings.  But they were all the forgotten — the last 15 years melted away — as I was transported to back to the summers I grew up with.  And I stood unmoving, frozen in place for a few moments, to drink it in.

English summers are blues and greens, gentle, and tender.  American summers are dusty golden yellow, harsh, and brash.

And beautiful, beautiful…   beautiful.

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Is it grey and rainy in Dorset right now?  Because that’s not what I see in my mind’s eye.  It’s April, and I know the cowslip in the lanes is bursting into its full glory, so full and wild that it brushes the car on either side as you drive.  And the hedges are alive with songbirds, joyful that the days are turning lighter and brighter after the long, wet winter.  And the grass is soaking up all that sun and rain, and turning it into a green so beautiful and intense that when you realise, it nearly takes your breath away.

Is it overcast and windy in England right now?  Because that’s not what I am remembering.  I see clear blue skies punctuated by wispy white clouds.  I can see our garden, unkempt and untidy, bursting with overgrown beauty.  The forsythia is in full bloom, a yellow so bright that it looks slightly unreal.  And the tree above is coming back to life, with those delicate fronds of pale, pale green that will suddenly explode — overnight — into the breathtaking profusion of pink blooms that appeared with perfect timing to welcome my first baby girl home.

Is it muddy and messy in Britain right now?  Because I remember the clean smell of the spring air as the weather turns, the way those first breezes blow fresh through newly opened windows, and banish the stale of winter from a cooped-up house.  I remember the joy of sleeping on sheets that have dried on the line at last and smell of Spring’s bright sunshine, instead hanging over the banister and smelling of the gas fire and last night’s dinner.  I remember a thousand blooms springing forth, in places expected, unexpected, and impossible, that colour every view and change the world from dull to extraordinary in a matter of days.

There is no time of year that is more beautiful in England than the spring.  And possibly no place on earth that can compare to its splendor right now.  And though I know I am conveniently forgetting the negatives — the rain, the mud, the cold — I also know that I am remembering it completely accurately.  For despite the best efforts of reality, England in the spring really is that spectacular.

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Today I am grateful for:

  1. A bit of cool —  In England, a day like today would have people complaining about the oppressive heat and the papers warning of OAPs dropping like flies but, here, after the really hot days we’ve had, today’s middling heat felt incredibly refreshing.
  2. A bit of rest — today M gave me the chance to lie in today to try to beat this virus we’ve all come down with over the weekend.  It’s given us all runny noses, sore throats, and that tiredness you get in your chests.  I’m glad it came on at the weekend instead of during the week, and I am hopeful that a restful day might have helped to send it on its way.
  3. A bit of respite from the poo disasters!  After the run we’ve had lately, that’s all I really need to keep me happy!

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Today I am grateful for:

  1. The fact that after E2 had me up 3 times between when I fell asleep at 1am and when M got up at 5.30 and I was shattered beyond the ability to speak coherently, my mother came over and took care of the girls so I could catch up on my sleep.
  2. The fact that when we got the girls down for their naps this afternoon, I was able to lie down again and get another 90 minutes’ sleep and, when I woke up, I was finally able to shake that hang-over feeling that had been clinging to me all day long.
  3. The huge thunderstorm that rolled through after dinner — dark, windy, and with an angry rain that pelted everything in the garden into submission.  It cooled everything down and lifted my mood no end.  We’ve had thunderstorms nearly every day for weeks now — I love them, I love them, I love them!

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Today I am grateful for:

  1. The fact that even though baseball really is quite boring and even though our seats were way up in the gods and even though he did not understand at all what was going on, M really did enjoy his very first baseball game today. We cheered when they stole bases, we yelled ‘batterbatterbatterbatterbatter!” when the other team was up, we did the seventh inning stretch — Americana at its finest. We had a fab day!
  2. The absolutely perfect weather — it was warm enough but not too hot, with a really refreshing breeze, and when it finally erupted into a cracking thunderstorm (and, apparently, a tornado warning to boot), we were already safely home having a nice post-game cup of tea.
  3. The fact that my mum, as well as babysitting, cooked dinner for us, so that when we got home the house smelled delicious and we didn’t have to think of what to make — it was all done.

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Today I am grateful for:

  1. The fourth day in a row of thunderstorms — gentle, rolling, growling, grey storms that just say summer to me in a way I haven’t experienced in 15 years.
  2. That I am able to feed my daughters really wonderful healthy food.  Tonight E1 had lentils and basmati rice, mixed with leftover pot roast, broccoli, and cucumber.  It was delicious and so healthy.
  3. That E2 has had no reaction to strawberries.  They are a very common allergen and I was worried about trying her on them, but today is day four and we’ve had no reactions and normal nights.  Strawberry is such a common flavour, so I am very relieved.

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Today I am grateful for:

  1. Very short hair on humid days
  2. Solid roofs on stormy nights
  3. Little girls who are as thrilled by glorious, cracking, loud, American thunderstorms as I am

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