Sunday, May 29, 2016
Little Miss Saturn
Our GB starred as Saturn in a play on the last day of school, which was this past Wednesday. The play had a theme of space and the planets. She did a wonderful job, though I didn't manage to get all that many photos of her in the play. The Bear helped her build a costume; every child playing a planet was supposed to wear a replica of the planet to perform in. The Bear made a big ring from several layers of cardboard, glued together for strength, painted it and attached ribbons for straps. Like the other children, she wore her costume over dark clothing. I think they all did a really great job. Miss Saturn did a twirly dance to emphasize her rings. My favorite part was when all the planets joined hands and danced in a circle around the sun. There is nothing like young children, singing and dancing together, to make a mother tear up a little.
We've been having an extremely vegetative few days. We really needed it. The Bear had some time off that he needed to take or he would lose it, so he started his Memorial Day holiday on Thursday. We've mostly stayed close to home, hanging out on the back patio with books and guitars, working a little in the yard (we had to, lest the pyracantha and trumpet vine take over our property), watching barbecue shows on Create TV, eating and drinking. We have made it out of the house a little; the Bear and I celebrated our fourteenth wedding anniversary with a night out on Friday; the small Bears had a sleepover with their grandparents. Our actual anniversary was Wednesday, but the last day of school is just too busy to include a night out for the parents (we also had a ballet recital late in the afternoon that day), though he did bring me sunflowers and strawberries that evening.
Anyway, our night out was lovely. We went to dinner (seafood), then spent a while walking off our massive meals at an outdoor shopping center (the upscale kind, rife with stores we can't afford), with a stop for gelato. Then we took a drive up above the city, on reservation land, to look at the lights over the mesa. It's one of our favorite things to do when we can get out at night. We went home to read and drink tea. In the morning, we went out for breakfast and then spent an hour or so wandering around Jo-Ann Fabrics. I bought three small cuts of calico for my stash, he bought a new watercolor paintbrush. We came home and read on the patio until the small Bears were delivered home. To us, it was a perfect anniversary celebration. I really like that our anniversary always falls right around the end of school and Memorial Day (we got married on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend). It always feels like summer begins with our anniversary, the gateway to summer, kicked off with school plays and recitals, crazy, candy-fueled classroom parties and a rare but much-anticipated night out together, plus a lazy long weekend.
The rest of the day, and tomorrow, will be spent in similar laziness. Tonight, we'll grill burgers. I bought my first watermelon and corn on the cob of the season. I splurged mildly on a two-liter bottle of root beer. I have a lot of new library books (I'm back on my self-imposed summer reading regime, aiming to complete two or three books a week). This coming week will be a quiet one, but the following week brings the start of swimming lessons at the nearby city pool, along with kids' events at the library. It should be a quiet summer; we don't have vacation plans but may do a few day trips. No major medical events are planned, thankfully. We've had a busy spring and we're all looking forward to relaxing. I know I'll be getting restless in a few weeks, but I'm planning to do a better job keeping busy with projects and outings than I have in previous summers. We'll see. Now is not the time to worry about being bored. Right now, it's still Memorial Day weekend and the summer stretches out like a long, open road.