Happy Summer Solstice- and a few tears..sniff, sniff

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Happy Summer Solstice to everyone!  This past year has certainly seemed like a loooong one.  Ever since Hurricane Sandy, it seems like time has moved at a very different pace where I live.  And now here we are at the start of what is shaping up to be a very good summer (fingers crossed).  I am lucky enough to be in the middle of a wonderful book, but am getting a little ansty that life keeps getting in the way of me sitting down for extended periods so I can read that baby!!

As I write this happy post, I am also in the middle of helping my 14 year old pack for a summer course in Engineering up at Dickinson College in PA.  I am so proud that he is doing this wonderful thing, but also my heart is breaking a little.  He has never been away from home for so long, and I know he will come back different- more confident hopefully, but almost assuredly more grown up.  I realize this is what we strive for as parents, to see our children grow into adults (hopefully able to function in society without us there to hold their hands and wipe their noses), but I can still feel sad, can’t I?

OK, enough of my bellyaching, I am sure most of you have better things to do-like enjoy the longest day of the year reading in the sunlight?  I have sheets to fold and pack, sunscreen to scrounge up, etc.  And we turn the page to a new chapter…..

Kerri

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