Let it go, let it go! See I caught you, you are now singing the song and it will be in your head all day.
I am ashamed to say that I haven't even seen the movie, nor heard the full lyrics of this song, yet I know the catchy line that holds so much meaning. There are times just those words and melody pop in my head, a very good lesson for me.
So I sing those words in my head as the forecast for this weekend will bring in our first blast of Fall. Yes, I usually am on the edge of my seat waiting in anticipation for the change of season, since normally our August in Texas is a barn burner, but not this year! We had by far one of the most pleasant summers in my life. I can't remember an August in which grass remained green and you could stroll outside without breaking down into an exhausting pile of sweat. Because of the wonderful weather I hate seeing this season come to a close. It might have even created in me a desire to move to a cooler state, just for a calm summer...................well, just a little, but I am a Texan by birth.
As I reluctantly close the door, and the school schedules fill my fall calendar, I pause for a moment to reflect on my unexpected summer of the past. Like your first writing assignment at school where you say what you did for summer, I get to do the same thing here, before I .....Let It Go!!!
For all you people who plan and schedule, well our summer was neither, it just fell into place.
First, Benjamin had the surprise joy of attending a horse camp with his Big Sissy. No, not everyone in Texas owns a horse, and no not everyone knows how to ride them. It really is an expensive hobby, so this was a very unexpected experience.
VBS was the second week of June, which is always a delight for all. I applaud the wonderful people who give of their time to bless children through VBS.
Second, unscheduled surprise. My husband's company, where he has now worked for one year, sent him to a conference. Since his one year of employment wouldn't come until the Fall, he had not earned vacation time..........which I can't remember us having had a regular vacation time in all our 34 years of marriage, so that isn't new. Anyway, his company allowed him to take us with him. They paid for the room and we piled in on him for a trip to Galveston, Texas. The beaches this year were totally covered with sea grapes, and left a lot to be desired, but the hotel was awesome. We enjoyed a couple of days at Moody Gardens.
Third, I returned home from Moody Gardens to complete my seven month decorating job. The second round of drapes were installed, flower arrangements completed, furniture delivered and I could walk away pleased. Other than a few extras accessories, the job was finished. My son is still promising to get a professional photographer in to take wonderful pictures. My phone pictures and the light through the windows, leaves my photography account of my work, and his, with much to be desired.
Fourth, wonderful play time with all three grandsons. Ventures of having all three at one time by myself, to just have Grand Mommy time, and ventures outside highlighted summer. Even allowing Joshua to play in the sprinklers watering the edges of the sidewalk in our subdivision and playing at the lake brought memories of my own summers past. My heart overflows, how could your ever be prepared for such joy from your grandchildren?
Fifth, not to let this summer of wonderful weather pass we also got to go camping. Oh, I love nature and just refresh stepping out into her beauty. Even sleeping on an air mattress on the ground is worth it when you can inhale the breeze and watch deer frolick around you. We even canoed around the lake, one of those things that we had always said, "we need to do that one time." Well we did!!
Sixth, the milestones that were celebrated. My mother-in-laws' 99th birthday! My grandson's legal adoption and name change to Joshua Graham Wright. The babies dedication, to the Lord, with family members in attendance, for Joshua Graham and Liam Maverick Wright. Mama Mia Broadway show to celebrate 34 years of marriage, left my husband and I both singing. Both sets of new parents also bought homes and started their transformations, by the end of summer both families had moved in to start new family memories.
The list goes on and on, and the biggest blessing of all was that God slowed down my work schedule so I could enjoy. The lack of work was unscheduled. I had no clue when I entered summer that I would be off so many weeks, and NEVER once did I have to get a sitter for Benjamin!! This makes fall a caught up time on finances, but it was worth the break.
Now I will let it go, but I will hold the memories in my heart.