Empty beaches. Warm water. Bright sunshine. Carefree picnics. This is such a wonderful time of the year for outside adventures. We spent much of today digging and splashing and swimming at Henry David Thoreau's famous Walden Pond. Not too far from the city, it's the perfect spot for September swimming with siblings.
Being at Walden, I couldn't help but think of Thoreau's Walden, or Life in the Woods, as his classic work is sometimes known. The themes of his book--simplicity, self-sufficiency, deep connections with Nature--continue to resonate with many of us. I especially love this quote of his from Walden:
“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”
I cherish the opportunity to live fully in the season with my little ones, spending time together outside on these warm, quiet, late-summer days, munching on cherry tomatoes at the pond, knowing that these September swimming days will pass just as quickly as their childhood.