We wake up early, throw our covers back. The air is tantalisingly temperate. No cold toes.
A tentative tiptoe on the floorboards.
No rush of icy draft.
A sigh of relief.
Scarpering feet on the laminate outside, a rush for the bathroom.
“Wake up kids!”, shouts the father from downstairs.
They wake up, because it’s summer and there’s no school.
Visions of sunny beaches, bare legs, feet rustling through dry, cool grass. Daisies to pick, their white faces tinged with purple and sunny smiles upturned to the bright sky. Buttercups nodding in the breeze, shining yellow.
“Do you like butter?”
Do you like butter?”
Images shared over the breakfast table. Licks of ice cream. Wild dreams under a canopy of trees. Adventures in faraway lands, at the bottom of the garden. Cake in the park. Sprinkles of duck food over a pond. Swimming in the sunshine. Sunsets that are stretched out over a long evening. Curtains billowing in the breeze. Dust mites swirling.
Breakfast is had. Dishes are washed. Children are dressed. Never mind Billie has some jam on her cheek. Race for the front door. A little scuffle about who is going to sit in the middle seat. Mother straightening herself before the mirror. Father rattling keys. Fall out the door. Get in the car.
A cloud appears.
Oh. It’s raining.
Hard droplets hit the windscreen, as miserable clouds roll up.
Pack yourselves indoors. It’s not going to clear soon. Warm wind rushes through the house. Socks are pulled on. Books are scattered off bookshelves.
A British Summer’s day.