This summer I have the inexplicable privilege of spending several weeks with my family. At first I wasn’t so sure about this all. I mean, I’m not very good a living in the moment and ‘without a purpose’ (aka- too much free time- if there is such a thing). So, I made a (functional) nerdy choice and decided to make my goal for the summer to live in the moment and spend time with people I love. Reverse psychology. But it’s mostly working.
It helps that I really do love spending time with my family. And, Indiana is actually beautiful right now (due to the extra green plant life following some intense rains we’ve been having) which makes it easier to love this big sky place.
Also. I’ve been going on walks. With my sisters. win win win
Here are some pictures!
(Excuse me for posting so many animal pictures. But, when we walked by, they just came charging up to the road to greet us. So. It really couldn’t be helped.)
Aside from all the walking, I’ve worked just a little bit for my mother. It’s been very amusing to see what my brain remembers going back to my old job (like, where to find the twist-ties for example). And, I’ve been hanging out with other people and doing a wee bit of speech therapy on the side. Just for one kiddo. Just enough for me to love it without feeling like I’m actually working over summer break.
Also. A week ago I missed a step on a dark staircase and fell and scrapped my knee. This story has some other pathetic details but it has proven to be an excellent conversation piece for me – telling the story, acting out the story, talking about my residual injuries. I will say, this is the longest I’ve ever had a mostly open wound. And since it’s this dull pain all the time… I bring it up, like, every 30 minutes. Like I said, excellent conversation piece.
My sisters try to tell me that no one cares. That this little knee scrape is of no consequence to others. But, when you are on break mode like me and the nerves in your knee are telling you brain every 3 seconds about the pain therein- there is no completing information in my brain to mute these nerve announcements. So, instead of talking about funny things my kids said today or obnoxious people on the train… I just say, “Do you think I should put more salve on my knee Vanessa?” What can I say, older sisters have a very important job- to pick on their younger sisters. And well. For once, I have the time and energy to do just that!
So.. here’s to more walks on country roads and conversations about my knee cap. #summerhappy #happysummer