There is also a waterfall, a koi pond and a wood-burning fireplace that doubles as a pizza oven. I discover these during a weekend garden walk through the neighborhood, where I realize that I have been hanging out in all the wrong backyards.
I am just kidding, of course. I love those goldfish cracker and $7 chardonnay afternoons in the backyard at Mary's house, where 15-20 small children are always trying to kill each other with sticks. It's adorable.
And I am really looking foward to scraping marshmallows off the back deck next week during my annual Teen Summer Retreat for the Children of Friends Who Can Still Afford Vacations.
Maybe I will let them roast another batch of those hot dogs on sticks they all seemed to like
throwing at each other so much last year. That was fun.
You really cannot top the combination of teenagers and fire for backyard entertaining. I think it was Zelda Fitzgerald who said that. This year, I will teach them how to make margaritas.
I may never even leave the
laundry room lounge chair.