Tom and I have been having lots of processing conversations. Doing what we’ve done for the last two years took some huge energy out of us. It shook us hard and frankly it put us back together in different shaped pieces. It’s good, but it’s a relearning and reacquainting with each other.
I told him this AM that my dream is to just have a 100% chill day. Well-start with one and build on that until that’s more the norm than the rollercoaster of emotion and work. My dream is us just doing regular shit, and puttering around and doing chores and house stuff like hanging a piece of art or putting away groceries together.
We didn’t mean to explicitly make that happen today, like some sort of prescription or expectation, but we had a truly great day together. I couldn’t have written it better.
We went to Fred Meyer and bought Ella supplies without her there and a curtain rod for our slider. We got groceries at Winco and ran into multiple friends and caught up. We got my favorite cashier Sue. We talked about brands we like and don’t like and I shared my cheapskate ways. I think we haven’t gone grocery shopping at Winco together in like 2 years.
Then we went to Cash and Carry and Tom got ribs to BBQ. Then to Jerry’s to eat hot dogs get a new lawnmower blade.
At home Olivia was reorganizing the pantry and Ella was fretting about high school starting tomorrow. We all put away groceries together. We got the BBQ on. We cleaned little things and were just in and out and doing stuff in the house with each other-all of us-all day. A few beers and water bottles, some chips, grilled asparagus, bbq pork ribs with my amazing homemade spice rub.
Olivia’s friend is experiencing some tough stuff, so he’s been staying with us. The five of us just sat or stood around our 8′ island and ate and talked and laughed and joked. Then we every one of us cleaned up the kitchen and washed dishes and counters. And then the childteens disappeared to their phones and rooms and laptops and Tom and I watched Deadpool 2.
This was a truly amazing Monday Sunday. It was a great end to my summer vacation and a glorious start to the 2018-2019 School year.
This will be my 12th year teaching elementary school. I feel in my soul, my blood and guts, my mind, my heart, that this is going to be a truly truly spectacular year.