This summer has been a whopper for Gramps and me. Lets see, we sold a house, bought a house, moved from the old house to the new house and have spent months fixing up the “new” house. It is nowhere near “fixed” as yet. Oh yes and our son got married. I believe I left you with the promise of pictures and a report of that wedding. (I will make good on that promise. I promise!)
How three months of so much activity and stress can be summed up in one paragraph is beyond me. It all looks so innocent and harmless sitting there on the white page, the words spelled out so nicely, everything looking so calm and under control. Well, IT’S NOT! IT ISN’T! IT WASN’T! IT HASN’T BEEN!
I don’t know if it’s just our age (old!) or the fact that we have lived in one place for so long (25 years!) or that this has been one of the hottest summers since we started having summers (when was that?) or maybe it’s all three combined, but Gramps and I have nearly collapsed from the weight of it all.
We headed into June with enthusiasm, vigor and high hopes. The future was ours. We could do anything. By July, we were getting a bit worn out, beginning to rethink our priorities and doubling up on the vitamins. August brought complete exhaustion, wailing and gnashing of teeth and multiple doctor visits.
Here it is September, and what have we gained from all this?
1 – A renewed humility and the knowledge that we can actually live without a functional kitchen for weeks, if necessary.
2 – A stronger love and bond between Gramps and myself.
3 – A partially “fixed” house. (When oh when Dear Lord will this ever be done?)
4 – An understanding that we have limitations and they must be respected.
5 – Gramps and I do not have to do everything ourselves.
6 – We aren’t getting any younger. I thought I knew this before but I REALLY know it now!
7 – A much clearer vision of what makes us happy and joyful. (And moving is not it!)
8 – Most importantly – a new daughter-in-law and 2 new grandsons! Yippee Skippee!
OK October – I’m ready for you!