With the first of August I slipped back into accomplishing mode: tearing through lists of things that have been lingering all summer and forcing myself to return to the page to edit work that has been lingering, troublesome as a hangnail since June. I also snagged a fun writing job Iâ€™ll be telling you more about very soon; and am crossing my fingers that another piece of mine will be showing up in Mothering in a month.
More good news? My inlaws sold their houseâ€”and will be moving up to take care of Bean in a few months. Whenever theyâ€™re around, I always notice Beanâ€™s language skills skyrocket: Nonna never stops talking to him, and heâ€™s smitten with the both of them.
To celebrate, weâ€™re going camping with Bean on Saturday! His first real trip. Weâ€™re packing life vests and sunscreen, marshmallows and hotdogs. In the mail, a glorious four-person tent arrived and when we set it up on the lawn, Bean was ecstatic. Of course I will take nine-million pictures and foist them on you.
The crickets have started their tremolo, indicating that summer really is winding down. August is the hottest month here, but already the first yellow leaves have appeared, and monarchs are gathering on the milkweed, roadside. Next week Iâ€™ll head back to my classroom, painting bookcases, sorting papers. I had my first classroom dream last night. I always have them in August before I meet my new class.
Whatâ€™s in store for you this August?