Dinner’s over. One of the guests is snoozing on the couch. The other lingers somewhere in the basement. The husband of the house is still in town covering a couple of assignments.
The hostess has snuck away to the computer. You know you’re passionate about blogging when you explain to your guests, “Oh, do you have something else to do for a while? I have to blog.”
And you know your guests understand when they smile and nod and completely get it. You know that they’re readers. You sigh in relief because you can easily and comfortably settle down before the computer.
Life is good.
Do any of the rest of you feel like life speeds up every July? You’re going along in June, cruising nicely, when suddenly July strikes. And it’s like the Busy Season commences. The season of warmth, of visitors, of happenings. All the world is outdoors-oriented now. We won’t catch our breath until September or October. And in the middle of winter we dream of these mid-summer days when life seemed flowing and connective and sultry and green.
As some of you know, our #1 son hath arrived! His name is Christopher and he lives in San Diego. He’s in a doctoral program at the University of California. We’re so thrilled to have him home for nine or ten days.
He flew in from Chicago last night at 11:30. We headed up to Houghton to pass away maybe four hours. We ate dinner, went to the coffee shop, and did as many errands as possible. I photographed orange buildings and a carefree fellow in a sombrero who waved at us. We hoped the plane would arrive on time.
There were more people in the Hancock airport than you could imagine. Maybe 50 people. Extended families. When the plane finally landed and the passengers disembarked, some of the families clapped and cheered as their loved ones appeared.
Chris was the last one off the plane. We thought maybe he had decided against his ten year class reunion and vacation in Aura. But finally he arrived! We didn’t clap and cheer. But we hugged him good and hard and welcomed him home.
He helped his dad nail up the siding boards on the garage addition this afternoon. Thank you, Chris. Thank you, Chris. Did we say thank you, Christopher? You’re a good son to have around.
About 4 p.m. my friend, Amy, arrived! She also has her class reunion this weekend. She and her partner, Daniel, visited last summer if some of you long-time readers might remember. Click here to read last July’s post called Blueberries and Friendship.
We dined on sesame noodles, vegetables and shrimp. Add some garden kale sautéed in garlic. Plus some steamed pea pods. Oh, and Amy brought some red wine and her mother’s leftover wild blueberry pie. (Blueberries courtesy of last summer.)
I suspect it’s time to quit blogging and return to the guests, don’t you think? Even though they are still being quite patient. Amy and I might take a stroll down the road. Or up the road. Walk off our dinner.
It’s good to welcome July again. To share with friends and family. Let me repeat–Life is Good. Darn good.
P.S. July is a big month for our family. It sure is. The other kid is flying home to the nest during the last part of the month. One comes from the West Coast at the beginning of the month, and the other comes from the East Coast at the end of the month. Celebration in the nest!