Winter has been fun for Son #2. The leaves have fallen from our tree in the backyard and scattered onto the lawn. My husband rakes the leaves into piles with his rake as Son #2 runs after him with a little red and brown toy rake.
The breeze is usually brisk and the sun is slowly descending in the sky when Son #1 and I arrive at the house. From the back window, I can see Son #2 toddling around the yard with his tiny rake in one hand. He ambles from one leaf pile to another laughing and giggling with delight. A slight wind whisks away a few dried leaves above his head. Son #1 shouts to his dad and younger brother as he runs outside to play.
Inside, I talk to my brother as he relaxes and watches TV. Then, I take a sip of my husband's coffee and look outside the big window again. Son #2 is laughing as he runs with Son #1 around the yard. Sometimes, my little baby takes a tumble but he always gets up with a smile.
When it is time to come in, I dust the grass off the kids and have them take off their shoes. Their cheeks and hands are cold but their eyes are bright with joy.