This afternoon, we met friends at the park, where G and the other kids spent nearly an hour acting out various plays on an outdoor stage. The highlight: a somewhat abbreviated version of "Romeo and Juliet" that ended, as all performances of "Romeo and Juliet" must, in high tragedy. My friend tried to soften it a bit by telling "Romeo" to expire of a broken heart, but her plans were thwarted when "Juliet" (played by G) opened her eyes and said "No, she's supposed to stab herself!" Oops.
After the drama, we walked around the park and found a low-slung tree, shaped a bit like a flying dragon, that was perfect for climbing and sitting on. Then G found a muddy part of the lake that was perfect for falling into (hee), and then all three of the big kids found a "dinosaur bone" to excavate from a dirt hillside. They also found something that they called an onyx, but which I think might be a piece of carbonized wood: it looks like wood on the outside, but the inside is smooth and dark and shiny, like obsidian. It's definitely not stone, though, because it's very light and easy to snap in pieces. I tried to take a picture of it just now, but couldn't get one that showed what it's really like -- I've never seen anything quite like it.
When it was finally time to leave, all the kids pleaded to stay longer and then to be allowed to do it again tomorrow, which to me is the sign of a really good time. Unfortunately, all good times come to an end eventually, and we had to say goodbye. I took G up to the nearby library and washed the worst of the mud off her in their bathroom, and then she quickly chose some books on paleontology and we left just as the library was closing. All in all, a very good day.