This was a truly successful family vacation. Turkey sandwiches eaten, turkey soup provided and enjoyed, leftovers taken care of, about 80% gone. It seems that things run especially smoothly when we can spread ourselves amongst three houses. Fiona was showered in love. Everyone had space to opt out of the chaos when they wished. Cooperative living practices prevailed!
Tessa tried on her wedding dress for several of us, eliciting tears from her dad, who was busy holding his granddaughter. So many things happening. Later, J and I enjoyed a walk around Mackworth Island with the new parents and Fiona. I love to see that little face with sun shining on it, even briefly. Mostly she was safely wrapped inside Mike’s warm coat to protect her from the icy wind.
Departures began on Friday and continued throughout today, with Jonathan and I as the last holdouts. It is a slow trickle away, each of us poised to return to the balance point of daily life. For now, life has wrapped us inside its warm coat, protecting us with a layer of love that should last at least until the next time we’re together.
My 60th year in 60,000 words
Day 95: 192 words, TOTAL = 16,056; 43,944 remaining
Robin Clifford Wood is a writer and writing teacher. She lives in central Maine with her husband and dogs, loves to be outdoors, and enjoys ever-expanding horizons through her grown children and their multi-species families.