“The dark does not destroy the light; it defines it. It's our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows.”
There have been some dark days here lately, as we learn of friends facing serious illness and others facing terrible loss. I need gratitude most during such times.
1. For these three silly boys, for their wonderful teachers and for a great first week of school.
2. Roma. Cherry. Heirloom. For the tomatoes gracing our garden and table.
3. Order out of chaos. I have a couple predictable reactions to times of stress. One is to treat chocolate as its own food group. Another, with better results, is to declutter and reorganize. This time it began in the boys’ bedroom, traveled to the toy closet, the playroom and finished in my bathroom drawers. We may run out of frozen peppermint patties, but we’ll never run out of stacks of books to put away.
4. Friends, near and far. Nolie had a great playdate painting with this sweet friend while I took photos of an adorable baby this week. A real, hand written letter arrived yesterday (and included a bar of dark, salted chocolate!). Witnessing people trying their best, putting love into action, that is what makes things worthwhile.
5. A wonderful, mostly peaceful, very fun summer. I asked each boy, including Brian, to list their favorite summer memories and we came up with this graphic, thanks to wordle.com