Summer started on June 20 this year, but for the purposes of today’s blog (7 things I’ve loved about summer so far), I am proclaiming May the start of the season.
Here are the 7 things I’ve loved about summer so far:
My daughter’s wedding
Between July 31, 2020, when Stewart proposed to Tenley and May 15, 2021, when the ceremony took place, there was so much planning. There were plenty of fun moments (the dress-purchasing trip definitely comes to mind), so many decisions (final calls about guest lists are tough) and general wedding hullabaloo. Ultimately, it turned out to be a meaningful and lovely event. Welcome to the family, Stewart.
The Orlando Fringe Festival
My wonderful colleague and friend, Katie Parsons, directed a play at the Orlando Fringe Festival and was in another play at the same event. Not being one to turn down an opportunity to see live theater, especially when someone I know is involved, Wayne and I went to the Orlando area. It also doubled as a visit with Wayne and Patience (my son and daughter-in-law), who live in Sanford.
Also, congrats to Katie (and creator Loreli Zarifian) for their play, “Frigorific,” being staged at the Soho Playhouse in New York City next month! If you’re one of my NYC friends, here’s info on tickets. Please go see it so I can live vicariously through you!
My niece’s wedding
Have you ever had so much fun dancing and visiting with people that you neglected to take pictures, even though you felt it was one of the times your dress, hair and makeup had come together in a way you liked? That was us on June 5, when my niece, Elizabeth, got married. All of the leadup to this wedding, including being one of the hosts of her bridal luncheon, was an uplifting time too.
The joy of getting my hair and makeup done twice in three weeks
Because of wedding-o-rama, I got my makeup and hair done twice in three weeks. When I decided to get my makeup done for my niece’s wedding, it was a slight comedy of errors because I didn’t decide to do it until late. Then I made an appointment at the local Aveda institute, and it turns out they were only doing eyes (due to COVID-19) — something I didn’t know until I arrived. So I came out of THAT with super dramatic eyes and no foundation or blush. I scurried home and did all of that. It all worked out, but caused a moment of slight frenzy. I would never have done my eyes the way the student there did them, and they really were a unique look (and undoubtedly better for the pictures I didn’t manage to take (see above).
Did I dream up that “toes in the sand” moment?
It’s been so long since I’ve spent any quality time at the beach. I definitely didn’t go last summer. Because I was at the Camp Gordon Johnston Museum the last three Sundays, and because it’s right across from the beach, I parked at the beachfront last Sunday to grab just a few moments near the waves. I’ve had a lot on my mind, and although it was only about 10 minutes, I was reminded that the saying on numerous walls of numerous beach vacation homes is true: “The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.” (I believe Isak Dinesen originated that quote.)
Don’t judge our marriage by our plates
It’s our 29th anniversary today. Wayne cooked a lovely dinner last night of Coquille St. Jacques and spinach salad with orange vinaigrette dressing. For pictures of THAT lovely meal, I strategically placed the plate so it looked whole. IN reality, most of our plates are showing the mileage of 29 years. We’ve talked about replacing them so many times, but keep putting it off.
Where does this fit into something I loved about summer? Let’s just say I think/hope my perspective is healthy. New plates would be nice, but less debt and a happy marriage is better.
That’s right. Number seven is “TBD — there’s still more summer left.” I have a family member facing a huge health challenge; I hope he and his family have some opportunities for peace and light before fall approaches. I have a few things on my mind that it’s been difficult to see past, and I’m ready for those to roll on back out to sea with the tide. I have to hope there is more good ahead.
How about you? What has made you happy this summer?
This is a response to a Mama Kat prompt.
Wife of one, Mom of two, Friend of many. My pronouns are she/her/hers.