Someone is, many of you are– hanging in there with me, as I move back to the workaday world and into longer silences. I am appreciative. I have many things to tell, rejoice, laugh about and complain about. There are musings and things I am excited about– perhaps a few secrets to share. But I am teetering on the edge of a nasty cold– trying to stave it off– so I won’t write much here.
Back at work after vacation, I look at and handle some beautiful, smooth rocks from Lake Michigan, now off the beach and on my desk at work. And I miss Lake Michigan and wondered when we returned to our city, to the East coast, I wondered again if we should move to Wisconsin. My sister says to me that having me close would be great, but that I need to remember that living in Wisconsin– dealing with work and daughter’s school and schedules and bosses, even very near her, would be nothing like being on vacation in Wisconsin. That much of what I long for when I return home is to go and be on permanent vacation in Wisconsin. That I do like the life of living with a group (my sister and mother and nephews high on my list) of people I love, the pack of young people around us keeping things lively, looking at the lake, being with my daughter, my parter, being outdoors all the time.
My older nephew is back at school here and we had a lovely 24 hours together– labor day weekend with my daughter and one of her best friends. My partner was away in NYC giving care and attention to one of her very most beloved people who is going through chemotherapy. The day after 24 hours here, my nephew called to say he has strep throat, which explained, perhaps, his desire to nap here and to stay longer than we are usually able to hold onto him. All good– good to be the aunt-on-call for sickness and comfort.
And in the last two weeks my daughter has started middle school. More to come on that. Much more to come.
For now though, creativity and invention. Hers. Here was the key component of her back to school outfit. My beautiful and inventive girl.