Summer Days

Well, here I sit.  I have a mountain of things I could be doing, should be doing, really NEED to be doing – and I sit.  It’s summer.  The closest thing to summer I’m going to get.  And I sit.  I’m dreaming of lazy summer days with a good book and a shady porch (I’m staring out the window at the sunshine and a sunny lawn).  I can hear screen doors slamming, the distant sound of a quiet (they really used to be that way) radio, and the sounds of people laughing and splashing in the lake.  Now that was summer.

My summer looks more like this:  graduation; wisdom teeth; Pow Wow; Camp Meeting; Life Group; summer camp; trip to grandparents; swim lessons/school/tomatoes.  Yep.  That is June, July and August on the funny farm, I mean, hobby farm.  And here I sit.  I need to be thinking and planning for next school year.  But, hey, THIS school year hasn’t even wrapped up yet; who wants to think about the next one?  I’ll only have two students – and I’ll have to sit on them night and day to get their work done.  My easiest one will be off to college.  Maybe I procrastinate because I left my shopping list notebook at my BFF’s after the garage sale last weekend.  Or maybe I’m just procrastinating!

Or it could just be sadness in my soul.  The family is taking some hard emotional hits right now.  Joel’s dad has stage-4 cancer and the depleted lung function and pain seem to be getting worse quickly.  That’s not something we want to face this summer, or ever.  So, concern for my mother-in-law and having to find emergency animal and pet care are a small, but weighty, burden added to the summer.  Then I found out yesterday that my cousin’s 32-year old son passed away suddenly on Sunday.  So young, not even married a year, and a bright future in front of him.  Hard to believe.  One of the very few college graduates in my family.

But lows also come with highs and Kristen and her IEA team made the front page of the little local paper yesterday!  A great picture of the girls and their coaches and a really nice article.  We are so SO proud of “The Little Team That Did”!  Can’t wait to get my team t-shirt when they get back.  And one of the girls’ national sponsors gave them each gorgeous hats from their company.  LOVE THEM!  The team members are off to Oklahoma City today and Kristen is stuck here helping in the barn.  It hurts so badly that we couldn’t go with them.  But she has her Daisy at home and her Daisy at the barn and that helps a little.

Time to shake the cobwebs loose and readjust my brain molecules.  Thanks for listening!

That’s What’s Reflecting on the Pond Today.