"If good things lasted forever, would we appreciate how precious they are?"
~ Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes: It's a Magical World
Jordan's friends all gathered at his girlfriend's place over the weekend and threw him a hello/goodbye party. His dad and I hung out all day, Gary jumping right in and mingling, while I mostly just sat and smiled taking in all the goodness of watching him laugh and having fun with his friends and family.
We grilled pizza (everyone making their own) and grilled up some Alaskan salmon. There were yummy salads and snacks, a huge watermelon, and Katie made two amazing pies! I had a taste of one, the first sugar I have had in 21 days! Yum! There were growlers of beer and rum punch to keep everyone hydrated!
The sun was amazing, the sky the kind of blue that summer days are made of. The flowers were blooming in the yard and Cooper kept us all busy playing fetch.
It is hard to only have him home for a month or so each year. I tell myself that lots of families do this. I tell myself he is not off fighting a war, or planning on doing this all his life. But it is hard. I miss him.
He bought a new camera and we had fun playing around with that. I hope this will inspire him to take more photographs. He can post them right to social media with wi-fi (mine does this too, but I have yet to try it out).
I told them all, when I took off for the night, to do their best to persuade him to give up this gig. To come home to them, to us, to the PNW. They all promised they would do their best!
In the meantime I will hold on to this!
"Thank you, dear God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough."
~ Garrison Keillor, Leaving Home