Smoke from fires in Canada are making our world hazy and hot. It sort of coincides with my mood this week as I mill around waiting for the 4th of July and my annual road trip to Minnesota where I’ll spend a few days with my family at my Grandparent’s lake cabin.
I have to leave Husband behind because he’s on call…at work…to water my garden…and to all of the animals on this place.
I know we’ll all have a more relaxed vacation knowing someone’s back at the ranch, but some days it seems like we spend more weekends apart than together.
That’s actually probably true, especially in the summer when my schedule is packed with performances.
It will all cool off and slow down in a matter of months and here we will sit, waiting for the holidays, waiting for a baby…
Summer is so fleeting that I just want to squeeze every ounce of pretty and warm and bright out of it if I can.
Last night we joined my parents for a supper of grilled steak kabobs and vegetables on their back deck that looks out into the coulee where the crick runs, a place I used to spend every waking summer minute as a kid.
As the sun sunk and my mom and husband worked on finding the bottom of the bottle of red wine, I looked out over that familiar coulee and started counting the fireflies flickering and making their presence known to us.
Of course fireflies exist in a world this green and lovely.
Why not just make it more lovely with tiny dancing stars close enough to touch?
If there was ever a winter I cannot remember it.
If I was ever cold, the feeling escapes me.
If I ever worried before–about money, about this unborn baby, about my parent’s getting older, my husband on the road or my goals being met–in that moment, I knew nothing of it.
If I ever knew anything but the tall green grass reaching up over the fence line, the dogs lying lazily in the front yard, the cat catching grasshoppers in the lawn, the garden slowly growing, the wildflowers dotting the prairie, the horses grazing on the hilltop in the home pasture, the laughter coming from the lungs of my mother, the handsome man sitting next to me wearing jeans spotted in grease, a result of what he called “a good day at work,” the little kick in my tummy or those flickering fireflies, I couldn’t recall it.
Not now. Not at the beginning of July with so much summer stretching out ahead…