this is our first quiet weekend in i can't remember how long. over pancakes we agreed to leave our electronic devices turned off. we walked in the woods. we balanced on tree stumps. we collected acorn tops. and a few leaves. we made no telephone calls. at all. we took the kids to a pasta bar for lunch (their idea of heaven), and we ordered limonata. and canolis for dessert. we visited my grandmother, and listened to her story about alan and his club feet and the woodsmen. all of which i'm pretty sure is imagined. we were quiet. and together. and it was good.