It feels as if I have lived a lifetime within those three months.
It's been a full summer. I have eight thousand more miles of travel under my belt now, along with countless memories, wrinkles and gray hair. I've vacationed in Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. My sisters and I sold my mother's ancestral home and its contents.
We sold my mother's home.
It was heartbreaking.
There's been a staggering amount of packing and unpacking this summer. We've packed and unpacked everything you can imagine: emotions, relationships, suitcases, boxes, cars, moving vans, furniture, dishes, clothes and ancient family artifacts. The summer has been beautiful and brutal.
I am not the same.
Being with my sisters was great too. We did a spa day, I tried raw oysters for the first time, and we pulled up to the Ritz Carlton in Cleveland in a U-Haul.
Since one of my sisters lives in Chicago I managed to squeeze in a day at the ALA convention where I met Alice Walker and Oliver Stone. The atmosphere there was electric. It was worth going even for only a day. It was worth going even if the only thing I did was listen to Alice Walker read to me.
Alice Walker read to me.
I love that.
After Chicago, we headed South so I could open our school library for two days. This is the second year I have done this. We had more people come to the library this summer, but still no more than ten people took advantage of the summer hours. I heard about another librarian having "Summer Fun Days." I am definitely going to call my summer library days something like that instead of just saying the library will be open.
So, now that we're all unpacked and settled in, a new school year has begun. I think my experiences this summer have strengthened me. I feel ready to take on challenges with a positive attitude. Here's to a fresh new start and the promise of more adventures all packed neatly into the space of a school year.