In Israel, as of last week, the mask requirement has been lifted, even indoors. Israelis are now entirely free to walk around in malls and supermarkets. And, of course, my little sunshine was thrilled to return to her beloved Gymboree at the mall next to her kindergarten. She’s always been much more active at indoor playgrounds than she tends be outdoors in the heat… she loves pushing the huge cushions around and jumping onto and off of them. She revels in the trampolines, the enormous air mattress, the ball pit, the mini-soccer field, the slide, the chain bridges… and she knows the layout of her local Gymboree by heart, for she’s been there more times than either of us can count.
This is a little sunshine who generally prefers to sit and read, to watch videos, to draw and paint, to imagine fantasy universes with herself in the role of benign heroine. Just today, when I picked her up from kindergarten, she was engrossed in solving mathematics equations by herself on a piece of paper and appreciated it when I picked up a marker to show her that multiplication is really just addition. Still, despite her proclivities, she was even more pleased when I told her that we would be going to the Gymboree again. After all, it had been shut down during the pandemic… and she had really missed her favorite playground.
To be honest, I had too.
sunshine climbs so high brighter than she's smiled all year remembers her course
d’Verse haibun Monday
Whether you are visiting the beach for the first day of summer, or building the first snowman of winter, breathe in the solstice air. At d’Verse, we were prompted to celebrate the day with an original haibun that alludes to the solstice, whether summer or winter.
New to haibun? The form consists of one to a few paragraphs of prose — usually written in the present tense — that evoke an experience and are often non-fictional and/or autobiographical. They may be preceded or followed by one or more haiku — nature-based, using a seasonal image — that complement without directly repeating what the prose stated.