Have I mentioned lately how much I LOVE SUMMERTIME!?!?!?!?!? I love that my kids are mostly here everyday. We eat many more meals together, granted the setting might change daily, be it the kitchen table or the tailgate of the truck. While yes there are 4H meetings, summer conditioning for my soon to be freshman football player/wrestler and gobs of family gatherings----------------mostly we can do what we want to do. I am thankful that mostly what we want to do is be together.
|Its a 'cattle show' every afternoon in the lot behind the barn.|
|Thankful Dad is there to show 'em how its done!|
As I sat there watching my family work with calves, I had to wonder how many families have activities that they all work together doing? Sure our kids play sports---------we drop them at practice, sit in stands and watch them. They are in activities, again I am not sure that there's a lot of interaction. But I know this to be true, exhibiting livestock is an 'all hands on deck' activity. Getting the calves ready at home, breaking them to lead, washing them, clipping their hair really requires everyone to be on the same page. When its show day, we work together to get there, making sure all that is needed is packed to go, food and drinks, show clothes, lawn chairs and oh yeah----LOAD THOSE CALVES!
A long time ago, I quit wishing away my life. But I have really made an effort to savor EVERY moment, particularly so in this last year. It blows my mind to think how fast 18, almost 19 years have went. I have come to realize as of late just how quickly that oldest guy is slipping through my hands. Two months from Saturday, we move him into the dorm at college. I remember the lump in my throat as I left him in Laura Warbritton's Kindergarten classroom..............guess this next lump will surpass that one.
Enjoying listening to the birds sing through our open windows and wondering if we are the last holdouts for turning on the AC for summer,