A is really enjoying the family festivities these last few weeks – lobster everywhere we go! Last night we went to her sister S’s and brother-in-law M’s for a family picnic to celebrate the visit of nephew D and a few family birthdays. it was mid-week because that was what worked for everyone – D’s girl A is heading back to NYC on Saturday. So, we raced over after work and got there in time to sit down to a wonderful spread – and A had at least one, maybe two lobsters. I sit far away so am not sure. But she was a happy camper when we got home!
It was so good to see everyone – great-niece E and nephew S are getting so grown up and tall – ! I feel like a midget over there. S is starting to think about college and where to go. His mom is facilitating this, to make sure it happens on time, and not just by default. I think S has some reservations about the whole thing, but I know he will blossom in the right environment. E is going to really enjoy high school, I think, she is becoming more and more mature, every time I see her I am amazed.
D is looking forward to school starting – he will be teaching 6th grade ancient history, and he lights up at the thought of the projects he can do with the kids. His A has another 9 months of grad school left, then they have to make some decisions about where they will go and what they will do. Not sure it will be in NYC, but I suppose it might not be in Maine, either. I hope it isn’t too far away. For fun this summer, they hiked the 100 mile wilderness – I guess it is about as anti-NYC as you can get! They did it faster than they thought they would, so had a few extra days visit with family. They did get sister-in-law L to go with them to climb Katahdin – the day after her 61st birthday – and she made it up (and as she says, down, too!) and lived to talk about it. Pretty cool! D is thinking that maybe hiking the whole trail is in his future.
They are here a few more days, we may go home one evening to find them in the pool, which would be fine. As long as there are no lobsters in it as well!