Robby and I arranged everything. Just 2 days after I'd mentioned my idea to Rapunzel, the four of us headed out to the front yard for an afternoon of fun and relaxation in the sunshine. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the mild weather made it feel like spring, even though it was already October, so it was a perfect day to be outside. :)
Rapunzel and I settled ourselves on a blanket in the grass. We talked about "everything and nothing", as the song "Little Lotte" from the Phantom of the Opera said. I was feeling quite spoiled: two long talks in the same week! I'd missed our conversations together, and I already felt, with a sense of impending doom, how busy Rapunzel would be in just 2 short weeks. We would still be able to talk, but it would be harder for her to find the time for just the two of us. It was okay...I understood that she was ready for the next stage of her life. I just wanted to savor this time now with just the two of us...well...just the four of us, if we counted the boys. ;)
We watched Robby and Ben as they wandered all over. They weren't really the "sit and chat" types. ;)
When the guys had apparently had their fill of tree climbing and exploring, they wandered over to our blanket and asked if we wanted to take a walk. We agreed, and soon we were all strolling pleasantly through the front yard.