Ugh, this week was a tough one. Between the terrible news in Orlando, some health issues in my family (including what I suspect might be another ear infection for poor Joanie who has an appointment in just a bit to check it out), and saying good-bye to a close friend tonight who is moving away under not-so-great circumstances, I’ve been feeling pretty blue, a little stressed, and kind of helpless. Across the board, I wish there was more I could do to incite change, improve situations, and just ease some grief.
It feels trivial to talk about weekend plans and favorite products and minor complaints about daily life in the light of such horrific events…but if we stop living, then the bad guys really win. So, here we are. My plan is to enjoy the weekend and be grateful that I can. Tomorrow I get to see a wonderful friend who moved away a few years ago and is in town for the weekend, and, if the weather is nice, there will be a picnic in the park on Sunday to celebrate Father’s Day.
Next week Jackson has his “stepping up” ceremony as he finishes the school year and pre-k and looks forward to starting kindergarten in September. For the past two or three weeks, he’s been singing the very catchy “We’re Moving Up to Kindergarten” song and now it plays in an endless loop in my head. I suspect when I hear him and his classmates, whom I’ve grown to adore, sing it together on stage on Tuesday, I might shed a tear or two. Also, Joanie turns one in less than three weeks, so even if I weren’t already feeling all the feelings, I would be now.
That’s it from here. I hope that wherever you are and however your week has gone, that you have a lovely weekend and get to enjoy the company of people you like and care about, doing stuff that makes you feel good. And happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, especially my own dad and to Drew, whom our kids (and I!) are so lucky to have. Love you both! And Happy Father’s Day to those taking dad-like roles in a kid’s life, including you single moms who are doing the work of two parents — you’re amazing!