The June rain is gently pattering down on my deck as I sit here writing my first blog. I thought this would be a way to share some of my life and keep a bit of a record as the months and years pass. Today was one of those days where you look back and pause. Our son officially finished up 6th grade and is moving on to “Junior High.” Of course in Waldorf school all this really means is that his class was moving into the 7th grade room for next year. This year end packing up and unpacking in the new space this is an annual ritual. For me, it is a time to put a punctuation mark on the end of another year. Having only one child, every such ending and beginning is something that will only happen once. Spending time around our son with his classmates brings back a lot of bittersweet memories of those sometimes awkward and painful years. I wish I could spare him the hard parts but try to remember that it is his journey to travel and be there for him when it’s tough.
As for the arrival of summer, I am choosing to see the glass as more than half full–no rushing out to school in the morning, but no “off to school” in the morning either. That means lots of nagging to get things going and lots of requests to field throughout the day. The great news for me is that the repairs in my studio are finished and after months of painting in the dining room I am finally moved back into my spacious painting room. The best part of that being that the door to the noise and bustle of the rest of our home can be closed!
With no big travel plans for me, I am looking forward to lots of hours painting local scenes of Marin and Sonoma Counties and hopefully finding a balanced rhythm of work and play.