Sunday, September 13, 2015
I take off tomorrow to a place that according to Weather.com will be both cold and rainy. I'm gonna be away from my loves for three days - well three nights, not returning until Thursday around dinner time. I felt like I had to make my last day at home a good one, a FUN one.
They're only Martha White "just add milk" cheapie muffins. They aren't amazing and fresh fruit doesn't burst from them as you take bites. But as they bake the fill the house with amazing good smells. I had crept down the stairs while Louis played some Star Wars game and Miles watched YOUTUBE, and mixed them up. About the time I was ready to take them out of the oven a parade of humans came down the stairs "What's that smell? Are you BAKING!?" they all filed into the kitchen.
That's right, I stirred in milk and baked for you. Behold my domestic prowess.
It was the official start of football and with mom about to step away for most of the week we sent dad packing to go watch the Colts get their asses handed to them.
We on the other hand decided to renew our tradition of heading out for a picnic on Daddy's Day Off.
We had stopped by the candy shop before we got there and everyone got to choose one special treat for today.
The nature center by us has a watershed and a water reclamation path you can walk and see how they use the water for the plants, the toilets, everything that isn't the bit where humans touch it. It's pretty interesting.
She knows what I'm feeling. She's been there, done that. Thank god there isn't a tee shirt.
She and I took different paths in our lives, but both of stayed true to who we were and are. I look at her with so much admiration for all she's survived and managed to prosper through. She's a credit to her mom who I know was so proud of her - and would be more so every day were she still here. Our conversation gave me hope, and it gave me strength I forgot I had.
So I had this day today where I didn't cry, but I put my energy and time into my little pieces of my own mother's immortality. Her smile, her silly sense of humor, her creativity, her love of coffee, all the things that came down through my 23 chromosomes that now lives in my four children - those things got my energy today. It felt good to see her all day long in little things and little places.
Today's been a good day. Next up - time to make some pizza and spend time together before we all get ready for bed.
Tomorrow I fly north into what appears to be cold and rain.