Here are a sampling of the roles I played over this summer of 2013:
I always groaned at those "Mom's Taxi" stickers and signs that were so common 10 or 15 years ago. Oh but that was before I knew that the sign was a statement of absolute truth, not an ironic play on words.... I don't have a bumper sticker, but I wish I had a fare meter.
I drove to playdates, to dentist appointments, to the grocery store, to my grandmother's house. I picked up, I dropped off, I waited.
We ended our summer with an amazing trip to New York City, preceded by a much-needed visit with our dear friends in Connecticut. I could say that I intend to write up the specifics of our trip, because as much as I wrote about New York City in the past when we lived near there, I truly felt as if we squeezed every drop out of the four days we were there, and I'd love to share the highlights.
So, I'll say it: "I'll write more about our trip," and I hope that saying it puts me one step closer to actually doing it. Stay tuned.
Who says power is a good thing? As the one holding the "durable power of attorney" for my grandmother, I paid bills, met her needs, and most notably cleaned out her house. She's been out of it for over a year, and it's finally time to sell it. Hopefully within the next month or so, it will be out of my hands.
But that meant lots of work. Sorting through everything that a person collects after 90+ years on earth. My sister and a couple of friends helped me get through this process.
I might have had some sort of designated legal powers, but this summer in particular, I remembered who the truly Powerful One is, and I spent many hours praying to the God who saves, and the God who sees, and the One who is Sovereign. I prayed for myself, and I prayed for others.
I also can say that -- perhaps by no coincidence at all -- it was one of my most consistent summers as far as staying rooted in the Bible. By this time of year, right before my organized Bible study starts up again, I am often parched and dry, getting by on my past relationship, instead of living afresh in what God has for me now, but I'm happy to look back at this summer as a fruitful one, even as it was one filled with struggles.
When I think of what kept me busy this summer and what stood out as hallmarks of this summer, how delighted I was to see that friendship flourished! I spent a lot of time hanging out -- swimming, talking, laughing, eating. Having kids who are older and less needy of me contributed to this theme, as well as the fact that I deepened two casual friendships to the real-deal level, and those two in particular had time to hang out as well.
I'm sure that I haven't spent as much time "hanging out" since high school or college.
Speaking of high school, another highlight was attending my 25th high school reunion.
So that's it. Those are the hats I wore over the summer. It was different from years' past, but I'm not complaining. There were highs and lows, but as we head back into the routine of school schedules, if someone asks if we had a good summer, I can think about these things, and give a resounding "yes!"