I’ve been to the lake for a few trips so far this summer, but I haven’t officially packed up and left for our annual summer lake migration.Â A few writing deadlines and my oldest son’s trip to Chicago have prevented that official summer migration.Â It’s Tuesday night, and I should have left Tuesday morning — but I’m not done packing.Â I’m still doing laundry, the kitchen needs cleaned, and I haven’t returned all the library books yet. To that list, I could add, “I haven’t filled the boy’s scrapbooks with all of their year-end mementos,” but I finished that yesterday — for all four boys. Could I be stalling?
Not sure why I feel so jittery about packing up and going this time, but we could make a list and tick off lack of Internet, and lack of a decent restaurants to the top five reasons. There’s a lot to think aboutÂ — lots of details to clear up. Somehow, I feel as if I’ll be cut off from everyone… so promise me you’ll call me and say you’re coming up for a visit.
Now the boys are starting to get antsy to leave.Â So that I can continue my 30-day challenge, the older boys packed up the Wii. They couldn’t have been more pleased to say “The Wii’s going to the lake!”
The little boys packed our lunches for the trip — sweetly, with oranges and cookies.
I’ll make a late night ofÂ tying up the house’s loose ends, or getting up early tomorrow to work in silence.Â When the boys are up, I can’t even think straight, and everything takes me so much longer — and everything gets half-hazard.
A night of catching fireflies, filling a jar, and then topping the whole evening off with a game of Ghost in the Graveyard will surely settle me into summer. Friends will help; our neighbors aren’t there yet either. Of course, watering my garden always soothes me. But tonight, I’m going to a fancy restaurant with my husband, and having that one great final meal before I take off.