Monday, June 4, 2007

Monday Musings

Of late, I can relate to this little guy. It feels as though I have been flapping my wings as hard as I can just to keep apace. And I've been neglecting my blog.

So much for the slow, lazy days of summer! We spent the weekend at full throttle, going to graduation parties, baseball games, and squeezing in an anniversary celebration -- it's our 23rd! As my dad would say, "Twenty-three years in the ring, and no one's been knocked out yet." (What a fun guy!) Our date on Saturday was actually an afterthought -- although my gratitude for my terrific husband is certainly not. It's just that we really didn't think we would have the time to do anything. And we were okay with that. Then, we got home from a graduation picnic for the son of some friends and thought, what the heck, it's our anniversary and the night is young. So we went out to a movie and afterward stopped at Rock Bottom Brewery where we toasted one another with our beers. He likes it that I'm a cheap date.

I did find time this weekend to finish Wish You Well, by David Baldacci. I love his writing style and the descriptions of the Virginia mountains and the mountain people in the 1940s. The author's intimate knowledge of the area rings through. The story itself was not extraordinary, but it was interesting, well-narrated and grabbed me in the first chapter. I like that there's a complete reader's guide on line for our discussion at Book Club later this month.

This evening I met a couple of girlfriends from high school days. We had dinner and then went to my friend's house, which was originally her grandmother's home. It's on the edge of town where the neighboring land used to be pasture and open plains. Now, the city has grown up around much of it, but there is still enough space that you can imagine there are still sheep out in the pasture behind the outbuildings and only an occasional passing car or truck interrupts the quiet of the evening. We sat on the front porch, as the night darkened around us and talked about old high school days for a bit, but mostly about our children and how they've grown. A few of them between us have graduated college already. We found comfort in the fact that we face many of the same issues with our younger kids, laughed with relief when we discovered our kids' antics aren't so bizarre, and puzzled over how we parent so differently from the way our own parents did. We don't mean to. But sometimes it seems our children today are a whole different species than we were.

We talked about our parents and those that are alone or getting up there in years. And we shook our heads over how fast the years have passed and when did we become our parents generation? We laughed at old memories and expressed amazement when one person remembered something out of the blue that the rest of us had forgotten. And when it was time to leave we promised one another that we'll be better about staying in touch.

Tomorrow is the second day of summer vacation. And after our discussion tonight about how quickly the time goes, I'm going to attempt to stop flapping my wings all day long and try to enjoy some of it.


Becky said...

You flapped your wings on good activities. Catching up with old friends and enjoying your family and a date with your husband. I'd say you are already enjoying your summer vacation :)

I am off to get that very book today. I found it at our library in town and I need to get there before someone else does (thanks for online card catalogues).

Have a great day Karen!

Karen said...

Hi Karen! I'm trying to get around to everyone and comment today as it doesn't hurt as much to type! I agree with Becky, I think you've been spending time on wonderful things!
We've done the same thing about wondering how we got to where we are so quickly in life. It just seemed to fly by.
Congratulations on 23 years!

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Sounds like a really great time, and Happy Belated Aniversary :) 23 years is a wonderful thing, here's to 23 more happy years for you guys!

Tristi Pinkston said...

Happy Anniversary, Karen!! We're celebrating 12 this year -- but it'll be 23 before I know it, I'm sure.

Karen said...

I just had to come and tell've just given me the ultimate compliment!!!! I LOVE the Mitford novels, and was not really thinking about them when I re-designed my blog. Funny how it came out anyway!! Thank you!

Anna S said...

Karen, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your tip on steam cleaning! Flapping your wings like this can be done sometimes, but not for long... it's just too exhausting :)

kris said...

Hi Karen - Happy Anniversary!!! Sounds like a great evening to me - I like low-key celebrating! Your time with high school girlfriends hits close to home too. I love how we can just pick right up even if it's been awhile since we had a chance to gab. I'm always happy to hear that they are responding to life much the same way I am - good bonds to have.

Christie Belle said...

Do, do enjoy your summer! I'm glad you had a nice visit with old friends and a dinner date for your anniversary...Happy Anniversary by the way:)

Diane @ Candid Reflections said...

Karen, thanks so much for stopping by my blog and taking the time to leave a comment. I love to meet new friends through blogville and look forward to visiting with you again! Loved your picture and post on "catching up". I'm doing a little "flappen" myself these days. Happy Anniversary as well!! I also have a group of dear friends that have been together for the long haul. We met for dinner a few nights ago to catch I understand the importance of those enduring friendships!! Take care, Blessings Diane

Judy said...

We hit the 29 year mark last month.

I cannot believe it's been that long. Sometimes, we still think of each other as that annoying sophmore from Spanish class.

Congrats on 23! It's truly a milestone.

gail@more than a song said...

Happy anniversary! I'm late with it but just getting home and back into some sort of routine, hopefully.
I picked up that book yesterday in Target to buy, Wish You Well by David Baldacci but didn't get it! Have never read anything by him and Stacy said maybe I should get it from library or read something else by him before I buy one of his...but I still think I might want to read it because I keep reading about it on other people's blogs!