If you know me, or have read any of my posts, you know that I am a summer fanatic and these cooler temperatures don’t suit me. I think I could learn to like these couple of weeks of ‘cool’ in early fall, but they come with the message that “Winter is coming”. Dennis whispers that in my ear every now and then, mostly because he is reading Game of Thrones and partly to make me mad.
This week I have learned a couple of things.
I learned that I do not like blogging without pictures from my little point and shoot that was sent away for repair. I guess a picture really is worth a thousand words. At least from me.
I learned that having my aunt here from Scotland is a wonderful thing. Our relationship is newly developed as we have lived our whole lives separated by The Atlantic. Each visit she makes here brings us closer. I did not grow up with aunts, uncles, and grandparents around due to the fact that my parents were Scottish immigrants. I find blood relations fascinating and find myself searching her face for me, marveling at quirks that we share and basking in her exuberant personality. The fact that I lost my father when I was 9 and she is his only sibling is not lost on me, either. I learned that when she left for the airport last night, that I would be very sad and worried.
I learned at Back-to-School Night at The Midland School that Ethan’s program is so much more amazing than I initially realized. He has entered three years of vocational training and job preparation combined with real life skills and tons of new expectations and responsibilities. He attends the ‘job shop’ at Midland two days a week. In that program he has been learning skills at an assisted living center and a large office. The three days that he attends school are spent acting very much like an adult in the working world – signing in, wearing an ID, scheduling his own social events like lunch with friends, and baking and cleaning. The list of things the school counts on from the ‘Super Seniors’ ranges from organizing forms, counting money, shopping for supplies and preparing hot lunch days. I was thoroughly impressed – with Midland and my boy!
I learned when I let routines and rhythms go, my fridge is empty, my laundry overflowing, our budget stretched and time fritters away without accomplishment. I can blame the fact that I wanted to spend every moment I could with my visiting aunt, rather than do those things, so I will.
Which leads me to the fact that I have learned that when you play, you pay and it’s time to pay up. I need to make some lists, phone calls, shopping lists and menus. I need to schedule appointments and more intentional time with my kids. I need to clean up and settle down.
Farewell, Fly-By-The-Seat-Of-My-Pants Summer. I love you and will miss you dearly; because Winter really is coming.