Happy Monday! How are you? We're all asked that so frequently, and most of the time the answer just tumbles from our mouths without much thought. But today, I mean how are you REALLY?! Because I feel like my pat response of "fine and how are you" isn't cutting it this morning. I need to be truthful and don't want, nor feel able to hide behind a screen of surface chat. So I will share how I REALLY am on this start of the last full week of school before we embrace summer vacation.
I am really:
-Overwhelmed by how much I have to get done before my book's SECOND photo shoot (in two weeks!), but happy to have straightened up my work space so I can... go to it!
-Not having enough time to cook anything but boring, easy meals, but blissed out by the abundance of fresh that's finally available and makes everything feel extravagant... like my spontaneous date with my daughter last night when we realized that picking strawberries for dinner was a perfectly sound plan.
- Not feeling like I've completely touched down from Squam, but knowing that I will fully ground when I post just a few more bits and photos soon.
-Preoccupied and distracted with thoughts of my dear grandparents who are needing so much care these days, but grateful that I was able to hug and kiss and hold them on my recent trip to New Hampshire.
-Feeling a bit crazy as the calendar keeps getting more stuff squeezed in, but knowing that by month's end my mom arrives with her abundant energy and the helpful hands of my beautiful nieces... who are so BIG now!
-Aching to do some serious crafting with my kids, but grateful that the simplest ingredients (new set of markers from the supermarket, craft sticks, and big brother's graph paper) are often quite satisfying.
-Longing for more time in my gardens, but trying to feel contented with my many perennials and wildflowers that need no more attention than a bit of admiration.
Writing it down here helped me to get some perspective... thank you. I'm a bit out of breath, on the tired side, but really and TRULY "I am fine". Good to know.
And how are YOU... REALLY?