And I’m back.
I’m just getting this entry in under the two month mark since my last post. I’m sure that has caused me more grief than you Dear Reader.
Many things have kept me from you:
-two summer colds
-feigned & real fatigue
As Ferris said, life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it. And as a friend once wrote:
This is it.
The thing is, writing is how I slow things down and make sense of the world. So, not blogging because life is busy is not a great excuse. But know this, I enjoyed some lollygagging this summer.
Right now in this moment, the sun is coming up in the east into a crisp clear September sky. I am just thankful to be having an ordinary day. Ordinary days are underrated.
It was no ordinary day this past Saturday when I braved the crowds with thousands of others to witness English royalty in my fair city. I went at the insistence of my daughter who really wanted to see them up close. I would have been happy to watch them on TV from the comfort of a friend's house who had so kindly invited us for dinner, but it was not to be. Instead, I camped out for more than three hours waiting for the young couple to arrive. Luckily we had snacks.
Indeed, (pardon the royal sounding transition word) my friend Krista and I gabbed, people watched and ate too many M&Ms while my daughter wrapped her Welsh flag around her (heritage from her paternal grandmother) and used her small size to inch her way through the keener crowd along the blue fence. It was her own version of divide and conquer.
"I'll go by myself because people will let me in front of them because I'm small," she said.
It was a devious but effective ploy. See the image above of news coverage of the event on our TV screen at home. You can just make out a restrained Welsh flag and a small figure standing with it behind the blue fence to Kate's right.
She rushed back to our M&M encampment (where we could sort of make out royal and prime ministerial heads above the crowd) excited and satisfied that she had seen Will and Kate up close.
Will and Kate departed in a motorcade. We took a bus home. Our second brush with royalty complete.