It was “a week”! A doosy as they say. There haven’t been nearly enough hours in the day. And, in my attempts to get far too many things taken care of, every minute flew by! Mornings were filled with cleaning before going to work, lunch hours were filled with errands and phone calls, and paperwork filled evenings meant each day seemed to fly past in the blink of an eye. There was a time when I would’ve been proud of my efficiency; flying in multiple directions during the day in order to spend evenings with Skyechild relaxed and “mentally grounded”. Today, however, I recognize when enough is enough. Little clues, like the morning that saw me getting dressed at the last minute before flying out the door only to discover in the work restroom that my underwear was inside out, are clear signs that Mommy needs a break.
Gone are the whims of control
(micro-managing) in order to get things done. Those walked out the door when he did. We fly a bit more freely these days. And when the need for a break becomes apparent, we take one! Relax. Enjoy. There’ll always be more cleaning, errands, phone calls, and paperwork…but a sunny weekend in September… in the 70’s… in Wisconsin… just begs to be enjoyed!!! And that’s what found us flying driving off into the sunset Friday evening to meet my friend, Heather, someone I’ve worked with for eight years but never met.
We were supposed to meet at the Whooping Crane Festival last year already, but that was right after my ex broke the news to the girls and it we were still in trauma mode. This year, nothing stood in our way so Skyechild and I had a blast at the festival!
That's Joe Duff (co-founder of OM) on the left and Heather on the right. At work, they are my main contacts for Operation Migration. If you haven't heard of OM, they're job is working to teach whooping cranes to follow ultralights on migration to Florida. The birds only need to follow the ultralights once. After that, they'll migrate back and forth from FL naturally, without assistance.Give a Whoop!
I presented Heather with socks. Hopefully, they will bring good luck and lots of tail winds as they migrate from Wisconsin to Florida. A pair of Upside down Ampersand's made from Lorna's Laces sport weight (color: Huron)...a quick and comfy knit. She was quite pleased. (However, the socks paled in comparison to the diamond her beau presented her with! Congratulations you two!!!!) It was great to finally meet Heather in person!! It's does something good for the soul to connect with friends and family live and in person!
Which is why, we stopped to see Panda at school on our way home from the Festival! We talk/text/IM on a regular basis. But seeing her, seeing the whites of her eyes, and doing my "Mom-read"...I know without a doubt that she is adjusting to her new life with flying colors!! (Nothing like dinner with my girls!!!)
All in all, it was a great weekend to "fly away". My soul is refreshed and is ready to face the new week. That's how we take it around her these days...one week at a time.