It came in the mail: the big grad. student package with all "the stuff", the events that are going to happen, the calendar for the year, the credits and grad. info. and all the busyness of the school year fell into my lap. I wasn't ready for it, and I'm still not. Grade 12!!! I spent some time putting all the important dates on the calendar and September is filling up, and fast. But we still have 2 MORE WEEKS of summer! I want to savor the last dusky days of the season. To sit by the lake and feel the sun heat, to read more books than I have this summer, to stay up late with my teenagers making milkshakes and talking in the dark. And I want more time with her.. this last year!? When did that happen? When did she turn from pigtails and blonde curls to tall and lovely, thoughtful and thinking her own ideas? It all just needs to slow down! The world can stop spinning today for a bit and let me wait a little longer before some more change overtakes us.
So I will hold on to the moments I get with them before the busy season returns and I go back to work next week. Some boring, long summer days will become more lasting and we'll cling on to them when they are the last few. We'll take a walk by the river and maybe jump in, catch that drive in movie we haven't seen yet, go for ice cream one more time, swim in the lake before it's cold, meet friends for supper at the beach, paint that bookshelf still waiting, do a hike in the wilderness before city life closes in. What about you? What's left of your summer list to hope to's?