There is something about sunny days that brings peace of mind. No matter what else may be going on around you, you can look outside and say "well, at least it's a sunny day". Or close your eyes and feel that warmth as you tilt your head up, drinking it in. For me the sun is grounding; it's like a strong clearing drug that starts in my forehead and then blissfully works its way down to my fingertips.
For Safiya it's pure joy. Yesterday we went to the beach for the first time this season. Weird, eh? Two weeks ago there was snow on the ground and these last couple of days have been over 20 degrees celsius...so yesterday was sandy feet, rock collecting, and little toes daringly dipped in the still-icy water.
It took me four years of living in Toronto to finally come down to the beach and see what all the fuss was about. I'd just never thought of this city as a beach city, you know? Big mistake. As we discovered shortly after we moved to this house, the Woodbine beaches, only a 5 minute bus ride from our place, are huge, sandy, and gorgeous. Hmmmm......I think I need a proper beach bag this season :-)