This summer was not like any other that I can imagine. I did not swim. I did not sit in the sun. I did not clock any time by the water in Annapolis. I did not take two weeks off from work. I did not throw a surprise party for my sister's 30th birthday. I did not have lots of yummy meals and cocktails out on the deck.
Instead there were late nights in the ER and hospitals and rehabilitation centers. Watching my Mom blossom into an even more amazing care taker and giving more of herself...even when she thought there was nothing left to give. Eating out many many nights with Mom and Sister...with some yummy drinks every now and then. Seeing my Grandma work hard and rally so that she could get back home. Taking on a new job of sorts...with a new Boss. Witnessing the graceful entrance of my sister into her third decade. An amazing week at camp...and coming home to a full house...finally. Seeing the joy in my Grandma's eyes as she took the stairs and slept on her own bed after almost three months. It was perfection...each and every moment.
For all of the did not's...there was so much more...the best things...the things you can't anticipate...life!! It was exactly the summer I needed. And the best thing is...I am pretty sure I am not the same person I was when it all started.