Summer technically didn't begin until a couple weeks ago, but the kids were out of school by the end of May, so that means that summer break is about half over. It seems like more should be accomplished by now, but things are going slow. Just as the school year was ending, my father-in-law passed away after fighting cancer. Things just kind of seemed like they stopped then and it's been hard to get moving again.
Each child reacted differently to losing Grandpa. He was a big part of our lives. There have been so many times in the past month and a half where he should have been there -- my son's 8th grade graduation, his birthday, his confirmation, our local annual parade, his grandson's soccer tournament, another grandson's little league games, a barbecue with his nephew who visited from Germany, planting seeds in the garden, our first back yard barbecue of the season, father's day, a trip to a UPick farm in Michigan we liked to go to, the Flag Day Parade, the 4th of July, my parent's anniversary party, a trip up to Michigan for lunch at his favorite place. We're really missing him and everything just seems to be moving at a different pace.
It's been hard on my husband losing his dad and now helping with the task of cleaning our his childhood home for his mother's eventual move to a different place. That's going slow, too. But I guess that's how it should be.
Summer is plugging along and there's a sense of urgency to get more things done since so many projects and obligations have been left undone or way behind. At the same time, it's time to slow down. It's time to enjoy those around you and savor their presence and give them your attention.