Summer has unofficially ended. Labor day has come and gone and we are all happy, full, tired, and calm. Today was the first day in a while we were all home so we took full advantage. Although we got a late start on the day, we ended up in Luna Pier, Michigan, on Lake Erie. Lake Erie isn't always known for it's prettiness, or beautiful sunsets like Lake Michigan, rock-hounding like Lake Superior, desolated coastlines like Lake Huron...all which surround Michigan. Erie is known mainly for, well, starting on fire. The little town of Luna Pier, like many small Michigan towns, has seen better days. Buildings are boarded up, for sale signs on every street. But there is beauty in this kind of environment. It's almost like, life after people. I'm getting off subject. The beach was just a little strip but we had it all to ourselves. Simon was in heaven. I haven't seen him so happy and so himself in months. He, too, needs to be by water. His soul was settled today. He was a kid. He had no worries. He gets very high strung, very stressed out, for three. We all felt calm. Relaxed. Better. Next summer we will be in Portland...and the beach won't be so far. And we can run and laugh and fly kites and just be, all of us, calmer people.