Sunday, August 10, 2014


Vacation begins with a migraine. The car finally packed, a migraine. I hunker down. Then, Myra wails all night. Blankie. Lost. We move the howling to the foot of our bed and hunker down.

"Mom, you're doing a great job," Jane says.

I laugh.

"No, really," she says. "I'm not the only one who thinks so."

I laugh and laugh. Peals of love roll between us. A great job. Something like triumph rises after all.


5543. Mom throws the annual summer birthday barbecue. Cerissa, Jesse, me, it's a moment to see ourselves through the eyes of those who respect us.

5544. Tuesday girls and Olivia comes.

5545. Three books on braids.

5546. A bagful match cars and planes.

5547. Jane and Lu stack and organize fabric for projects.

5548. A neighbor sells us a sewing desk for Janie.

5549. We have a weekend at the lake with Pete, Rose, her parents, and a passel of family. A carnival of family and water play, we grow brown-faced from the sun, cheeks pink. Cheesecake before bed, and sleep finds us bone-weary with play.

5550. I feel the baby move.

5551. Triumph rises.

**Credit to my momma for the pics. Thanks.

1 comment:

  1. You feel the baby move? Oh man, I've missed so much here :) Congratulations!!!
    LOVE the photo at the top. It looks like a beautiful, whimsical painting on the cover of a children's book. Oh, that glorious hair in your family!
    Happy Summer!