It has been several weeks since I have written. Life has a way of getting in the way of our best intentions and before you know it, 6 weeks have passed. Without getting into details, several things have come up which needed my attention. We seem to have reached a point of quiet, so I can get back to the projects I wish to try, the recipes I can’t wait to make and my desire to enjoy the short days and long nights ahead.
Tomorrow is Halloween! It was on Halloween night 1997 that I went into the hospital to have my first baby. To the frustration of my doctor, my husband and myself, he did not make his appearance until November 4th! It was not actually 5 days of labor, I went in at about 11:30 pm on Halloween and he was born just after midnight on the 4th, but 3 days was long enough. Thankfully, his sisters did not need as much time.
We all say time flies, but I truly cannot believe how fast 21 years have gone by. I remember when my son was a couple weeks old I was sitting on the couch with him and was watching Oprah. A guest said “cherish your babies for as long as you can because they grow up so fast.” I looked down at him, tired, still in a lot of a pain and thought “there is no way this time is going to go by fast.” Exhaustion has way of making you not see things so clearly. Fast forward 21 years and here I am with 3 kids, 2 who are adults in college and one who got her driver’s license 2 weeks ago. I am less than 2 years away from being an empty nester and while that makes me sad in a lot of ways, it also makes me excited about the future.
I have a bucket list started with all the things I want to do. It has some of the obvious things, go to Paris. But I also have read the book “Infinite Jest” by David Foster Wallace. That will probably prove to be more difficult than going to Paris. Have you seen the size of that book? I have never seen the Northern Lights or been to New Orleans, both things that I have added to my list. So much to do and just not enough time or money to do it all. I am going to try to start knocking the easy stuff off now, we all know that tomorrow is not promised. Accidents happen and sometimes we lose loved ones without notice.
I would highly recommend adding a bucket list to your journal so you have an idea of things you want to do on our one trip on this planet.