Today is June 20. The first day of the summer. Since we live in southern California, it feels like summer has laid its hand upon us for some time now. But seeing the quick phrase “summer begins” on our kitchen calendar reminds me that time is really and truly passing. The days are hot, the evenings are long, the landscape is permeated with the relentless brightness of the air. Local farmers’ markets bring an abundance of sweet summer produce, from delicate zephyr squash to the most beautiful heirloom tomatoes to exquisitely, impossibly sweet berries. The ocean is magnificent and blue and the time around sunset feels like a dream.
This summer is especially sweet for us: our baby girl arrives at the end of the season. I know that she is growing stronger by the day from every gentle movement I feel, and growing along with her strength is our delight in her and our excitement to lay eyes on her this side of earth. This time feels like a retreat for me. A time to prepare, a time to grow in peace, a time to think about the adventure that lies ahead.
I’ve naturally been thinking about things to purchase and to make for her. While the timeworn adage “you can’t take it with you” is certainly true, and material goods are not the most important things in the world, I really do think that surrounding yourself with beautifully made things is important. I want the things my children own to be significant and of good quality, with the ability to last long enough to pass down to eventual siblings or even their own children. I love the idea of my children’s children wearing the same things I held precious in my hands years ago in my own first days as a mother.
I’m so thankful that more and more companies are recognizing the importance of quality, beauty and longevity in the things they make. One of the companies I truly admire is Mabo Kids. Their dedication to simplicity and comfort is one I share. I also really respect their commitment to making clothing from natural fabrics in small batches in the USA. I hope that this is the way of the future, and that more companies seek to share the same values.
Here are some favorites from Mabo’s current summer collection. I’d love to clothe my daughter in such lovely pieces.