We have a large patio in our backyard- its not perfect, but its a nice space, and allows the kids to ride bikes and scooters (we live on a busy street). It's big enough for us to sit and enjoy the firepit at one end of it, where we frequently make s'mores and have even grilled hot dogs on a stick during backyard campouts. It's a place we hang out whenever the weather is nice and where friends come to visit. It may not be the prettiest patio but it does its job and we love it.
When my son was born, my niece and my oldest wrote a welcome home message the day we brought him home from the hospital. Now, almost 5 years later, he's almost always found on the patio whipping around on his scooter!
There are nights that my husband and I slip out to sit on the patio and just stargaze, or watch the hundreds of fireflies that seem to love our yard- just being together, the two of us, alone...other times, we've had 60 people in the yard, for parties- the patio is our "family room" when the weather cooperates- it offers so much for our family.
A few hours after my mom died, I was a mess. My dear friend Ally showed up with her dad, some pizza, and lots of love and understanding. She and her dad sat out there, on the patio, holding my hand, playing with the kids, trying to keep me going. It was the hardest day of my life, and it meant the world to me because Ally's been in the same position, having lost her mom several years ago. That memory will be with me always, and the gift Ally and her dad gave me, just being with me, understanding that I couldn't function, couldn't laugh, needed to cry and be devastated. They understood, and came to just be there and love my family. I know my husband won't ever forget that gift they gave us- and I often smile at the memory when we're out there, even now, three years later.
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