Is the weekend really over? The next long weekend we are looking forward to is not for another couple of weeks, but I have better things coming up like a trip to Manila to pick up my son before the next holiday.
But I’m getting ahead of myself here.
I have been focusing on moving forward and have been taking care of “me”. With my little guy back in Manila, it has been easier to focus on taking care of the one who takes care of him most of the time. I’m finally able to concentrate on the things that I usually gloss over, or those things that have to “wait” when I have to worry about dinner or homework or giving in to having him sit on my lap. Instead of focusing on “‘Me” time after 10pm or so, I’ve devoted a whole weekend to doing just that. And while I do miss my son, I have enjoyed the “alone” time.
I have been sorting through things and trying to discard what needs to be thrown away, and further sorting through the things I want to keep. And I’ve also been packing. I have seen things I had forgotten I had — not just craft supplies but mementos that are now being tucked into a box for safekeeping.
I end my weekend feeling grateful.
…for the flowers blooming all around me. One thing I truly enjoy about summer is that all the blooms come to life in seeming shifts. The tulips may be gone but the hydrangeas in their pretty colors are here to stay. I even have a bunch all dried and yet still lovely in a small vase on my ledge at work. They color our lives in a different way — and I have always loved how they remind us that life goes on and on and on.
…for sunny days. Yes, even the ones that start out dark and grey with some rain. It’s been a glorious weekend celebrating freedom and we have been blessed with sunshine.
…for summer. This is really my time of the year. No matter how punishing the heat may be, I love this season and all the energy it brings. Everything comes to life — the trees that are bare in the winter are heavy with their greens. You find yourself taking the time to walk a little slower to look up at the blue skies. It’s not too cold to stop and sit in the park. You can actually enjoy the outdoors even if you’re not outdoorsy like me.
…looking forward to Manila. I had a good trip home last April — short as that was. I usually stay 3 weeks but managed only 2 1/2 weeks then. It will even be shorter this time around because I’m really going home just to pick up Angelo and bring him home.
He had been requesting to spend summer there because that would mean a longer stay, and no homework for a change. He has refused to go to summer camp the last year or two, so I thought it wasn’t that bad an idea to give in this year. I can never go home too often with my entire family still there. Just spending time with my Mom is incentive enough.
…for dessert. I have an insatiable sweet tooth. And I find it sad that though we all eat as a matter of necessity, the surge in health consciousness has caused this part of the meal to be shunned and treated as optional. The way I look at it, that’s much too much of a deprivation and I’d rather skip the main course if it would allow me to indulge. Life is too short, everyone says. Some things I just can’t do without, and dessert is one of them.
Yay for butter pecan ice cream, the yummy milk or white chocolate wafer-thin slice (which I would much prefer over truffles but they are most welcome, too..), the Bailey’s double on the rocks I want to nurse through the end notes of a conversation after a good meal. And dessert is best shared with another– like this light but still decadent Il Floutille from the 4th of July brunch with my dear friend, Peter, at A.O.C. New York. I make a mean Leche flan myself which girlfriend Mily will swear by..
I think of all these things and I can’t help but smile and feel so lucky to be at this place where no matter how crazy life may get, I know I am blessed with so much. So tell me .. what are you grateful for?