I saved some letters that my grandmother Norma had sent to me when I was a kid. In one of the letters, my grandma wrote, "I hope you and your mom get to take lots of picnics!" It was such a sweet little hope for a little child, and I think about it every time I take Flannery on a picnic. There's something about eating outside with kids that just sets a fun and calm tone--that says, "We have time to just BE outside." and "We are unhurried."
During a playdate last week, and again a few days ago, I took Flanna to the park and brought a picnic. It was freezing out, but hot soup and hot cocoa warmed our bones!