I thought that this shot of DS, with his bright raincoat and dinosaur umbrella, was such a joyful sight on an otherwise grey and miserable morning.
I reflected how it's often like that with children. It's not only their clothes and accessories that are so much more jolly than adults' but it's their whole attitude to life. Their sheer delight in everything, whether it's the rain, wind or sunshine, a trip on the bus or in the plane.
Everything has the power to bring them joy, and to us too if we stop and look at them and see things like them.
I remember a day out with DD1 and DD2. It was a sunny, lovely bank holiday. We couldn't use the car and we had decided to go by bus to a local museum, situated in a leisure park, out of the town centre. But DD1 didn't like it (the museum runs over a sort of huge basement where all the exhibits are and it's quite dark) so we ended up killing the time in a deserted and grubby coffee shop, the girls having claimed they were hungry, waiting for the bus back home.
And DD2, who must have been around 3, exclaimed "This is a nice holiday!" And it was from that moment on, and it's a lovely memory.
Now, have you noticed how there are more and more places that are "for adults only"? I see them when I book holidays or outings for us. Restaurants, hotels, campsites, etc. On one hand I am thinking 'fair enough', and if that means there are less chance for me to spend time with my children surrounded by stuck up old bags, so be it!
But on the other hand I think that it's sad really, that these people can only see children as a nuisance and deny themselves a splash of joy in the greyness...
ps. No offence meant if you like Adult Only places! I know I'm generalising here and you could have very good reasons to go to these places, it's just for the sake of the argument.
I'm linking up with Louise LLoyd's Photo of the Week.