Not only that, I got a package deal because I got to meet her third child, hang out with her older two, and I got to see her parents. Her parents! They were like my second parents in high school! And we were really good kids – the kind who went bowling and our parents would say, “No really – that’s a great cover story – what were you really doing last night?” And we’d say, “No, really! Mom! I went bowling! Here’s my score card! I got a 67!” 67 was somewhat of a high bowling score for me.
That’s the stuff, though. We went through massive crushes together. We got lost together, a lot. That’s why it was so perfect that I showed up at the wrong part of Smith College today, thus shortening our adventures by a half hour, even though I live here and she lives over a thousand miles away. Her parents just found it so fitting that it took us that extra antsy time to find each other, and then we did. And it was like a dream. I know that some of you said I look the same as I did in high school..
I will take that compliment, and say that she does too. Of course it’s not the same. We have five kids collectively, we’ve both moved plenty of times, and have had heartbreaks and confusion, but maybe we wear all that well. Her parents look youthful too. It’s funny how 17 years can pass you by, but not really pass you by at all. They are filled with insane things but we retained that glow. There’s that spark. You just can’t take that away sometimes. I’d like to see you try, life. So far, so good.
I’ve seen the “Currently” posts around, but really noticed it on The Golden Spoons’ blog as a nice way to get back in touch, or reconnect with the blog after a long weekend or in my case, a week of sponsored posts. So in this week of daycare being over for the summer, and kindergarten nearly being over for good – for Scarlet – and with party planning and vacation planning and birthdays and pets and many more insane things, here is my catchup. Peppered and decorated with iPhone-only photos today:
Currently, I am…
Reading: “The Children’s Crusade”, by Ann Packer. (I LOVED “The Dive From Clausen’s Pier) I’m not in love with this one, but I’m too far in to turn around now. I am looking forward to “The Girl on the Train” next.
Planning: The kids’ big birthday party. Summer vacations. Camp schedules and fun schedules. How to continue to work at a decent pace, with two kids home for the summer. To buy a full-frame camera and maybe a new lens too.
Stressing: About way too much. I’m stressing about my occasional upset stomach, which is caused by stress. How to get out of this cycle? There are anniversaries of deaths, and troubled loved ones, and big celebrations/trips ahead.
Wishing: For balance and calm waters and calm stomachs and a whole lot of fun. For full-frame cameras and luxury lenses and having things be easier, if not easy. For time not to pass me by without the chances for ultimate joy.
Feeling: All the feelings. I’m a big vat of feelings right now. I need to go see Inside Out just so I can cry and/or relate. You name it – I feel it. It hasn’t been a particularly easy few weeks, but not weak either.
Listening: To Des hum to himself while NOT napping. Oops. We all know what happens when Des doesn’t take his afternoon nap. He falls asleep all over the house, and in what looks like the strangest configurations, at times:
Thinking: Of many happy, sad and hopeful things. And about a great bagel I once ate.
Loving: This weather, this time of year – despite the crazy, the chances for fresh starts and exciting beginnings and career moves ahead. I’m also really loving thinking about a great bagel I once ate. Long live bagels.
Wearing: A pretty favorite sundress! Although this photo doesn’t totally do it justice, I do have a photo from today:
Hoping: That I can do it, ya know? Last summer was really hard for me as I was in the throes of PTSD and near-panic-inducing situations at every turn. I’m hoping I’ve learned a thing or two, or twenty, to sail me through a great summer.