Playing hopscotch on the driveway on a summer afternoon, with sandals and a flowered dress and long, flying pigtails: this seems to me like a slice of elemental childhood.

Miss E jumps with deep concentration, two feet at a time.

How did I do?

I try again!

Wheee!

Practicing her skills.

I love her dress–the vibrant print and the short vintage-style cut. It makes me happy to see my girl playing hard in her pretty dresses.

Dark lashes flutter on creamy cheeks as she studies her progress.

Look at me, Mama!

I did it!

Yaaaaaay!

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