It’s our last time to chalk the driveway before Violet moves away. Giggling sweetly, she carefully selects shades of blue and grey, then asks me to draw bicycles and an ocean, carefully explaining to her little sister Lulu how the world works; “Only sometimes the sky is blue…”
We bend over the cement. Lulu can’t color inside the lines yet and part of me hopes she never learns this restriction. Maybe she won’t; her parents are exceptional at coloring outside the lines. Daddy takes talent and creativity to a new level and Mommy just stepped away from a traditional job to run in new directions.
A few months ago Violet didn’t like the ocean or sand, but now is excited to move to Portland in time for their annual Sand in the City sand castle event, sponsored in part by her mother’s new employer. I’m sending Violet and her entire family love, as they depart to live near a real – not chalk – ocean!