As I navigate through a spring that has been complicated by weather that varies from a late-April six-inch snow fall to high seventies in a single week, work that is moving at a crazy pace, a dizzying schedule of middle school sports, orthodontic appointments, and pre-high school activities, I am bushwhacked. Topping that was figuring out how to get my college-aged daughter home without having to drive there, rent a big trailer, and haul all her stuff home.
I am blessed to have raised at least one Super Girl. She navigated school as the youngest in her class with aplomb. I took a week off of work to take her to college, hundreds of miles away. We moved her into her dorm and then hit Target three times to fill up my SUV with fridge, microwave, bedding, snacks, and every single thing a Freshman could desire. Then, tears in our eyes, we parted.
She did fly home many, many times (Fall break, Thanksgiving, Christmas, her sister’s Confirmation, and Easter). When she was home for any extended period of time, she working on painting the upstairs hallway and the front stairwell.
I saved vacation time to pick her up at the end of the year, but in the end she rented a storage unit, found a friend with a car to help her get her stuff to the unit, and checked-out of her dorm all on her own. She flew home with two checked bags and a carry-on. I planned to pick her up, but she had many delays due to a fire at a control tower at her connection city. In the end, a friend fetched her in the middle of the night and dropped her off at home. I snapped awake as she arrived at 1:30 a.m. and we shared a big hug of mutual relief and welcome.
Once home, my daughter e-mailed her summer job contact. While waiting for a response, she started painting. It’s a big job. The hallway is done, although she wants to touch up the trim. She’s gotten much of the stairwell done, although there is the mystery of how to edge the top since it’s too high to reach without a scaffold. She started on the front room upstairs, and ran out of paint.
While waiting for me to take her to the hardware store for more paint, she cleaned out the vegetable garden. At the store, we bought four more gallons of paint, four tomato plants, one cherry tomato plant, a red bell pepper plant, a cilantro plant, and a dozen sweet basil plants. While we waited for the paint, my daughter reviewed colors for her bedroom. Currently it is a bright green, with a jungle mural. The new selection is mostly greys with a pale green in the running. This will be her next painting project.
Summer just got a whole lot more productive. I’m energized to tackle my own projects knowing that, at least for a few months, Super Girl is not only good company, she’s also a major contributor to the care of our home and family. She even got her little sister to clean their bathroom…now that is bordering on miraculous!
Find the Joy in the Journey…and the satisfaction of a job well done!