Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Gratitude of June

I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June. - L. M. Montgomery

Seems like these lovely days of June have simply slipped away. So many things to be grateful for, these days.

  • Finding a new fabric store.
  • Sipping a chai while chatting away with a special friend.
  • The gallery walk in Zionsville.
  • Sitting outside at the pub with friends on a week night, laughing over a drink or two.
  • A going away party that turned into a not going away celebration.
  • The gift of flowers from a friend's garden.
  • Two graduation parties for Derrick.
  • Dinner at a friend's house for a girls night.
  • Simply having friends to do things with this summer.
  • Having time to get the house clean and keep it that way.
  • Starting to work on creative projects.
  • Staying at the Lake Cottage for the first night.

    Going to yoga classes.
  • Talking walks.
  • Writing in the mornings.
  • Loosing a few pounds.
  • A lovely date night, even if it didn't lead to anything with him. It is one more step on the journey.
  • Going to the fireworks and enjoying a friend's three year old delight at pointing out every color to me.
  • Listening to bird song.
  • Baking bread for friends.
  • Not feeling lonely for the first time during the summer as a teacher when school is out.
  • Seeing dew drops on the tip of every blade of grass on the morning lawn.
  • Making art in the mixed media group.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Graduation Day

Derrick is now a high school graduate. The rite of passage complete. Waiting to go on to his future. The big day is followed by a small gathering of out of town guests for a burrito buffet. Combined families celebrating the best of us together.

Blurry pictures seem to symbolize the blur of the years that passed so quickly. Emotion fills my soul as I think about the joys of raising a boy. Especially one so wise. Trust that the gifts he has bestowed will return to him tenfold.

How did he know where to find me in the crowd?

Proud of his accomplishment

Finding anyone in the crowd seemed miraculous. Yet, we found all the ones that count.

A group of friends together

Think the larger celebration at the lake next week will be easier than all of this.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Last Day of High School

I don't know how this has happened! My little boy has grown into a fine young man. His very last day of school. Which isn't really even school because they've taken a bus to the stadium downtown to practice for graduation tomorrow. Derrick told me last night as he was going to bed, "This is the last time I'll ever set my alarm for school."

Memories come floating by; holding him as an infant, playing as he grows, his ever present smile those first few years, his imagination, his energy. His presence in my life has actually defined my life in so many ways. Such a gift he has been to me all these years.

Loves the cottage cheese!

Tea time in his "Indiana Jones" Hat

Snuggling with Horton at bedtime

Now his official growing up days are over. He will always be a part of me, even if he isn't with me every day from this point forward.

I'm proud of the person he has become. Amazed to think that he is who he is. His goals, while not what I would have chosen for him, are honorable. He has shown great discernment in his decision making process. That is part of who he is and I can trust he will always follow a similar process, making the best decisions for him.

Today is a flurry for me, bake favorite cookies, prepare food for the party tomorrow, clean up the mess that always happens in the house at the end of a school year, try to make pretty by hanging pictures, fluffing pillows, place flowers about. I want his day tomorrow to be filled with the memory of family and friends surrounding him, knowing that support will be there for him the rest of his days.