It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Structure has returned to my life, which means that I am blissfully suspended in a state of satisfaction. I’m like the mosquito happily sinking in the tree sap which is carmelizing into amber. Me and the school year are reunited and it feels so good. I don’t care if I’m stuck in the sap. If this is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

Everyone started school this week. The seventh grader has realized that he will survive middle school. Jack and Charlie by a stroke of grace attend different schools which are connected by a breezeway. Since they go to essentially the same location, they get to ride the same special needs bus, making my life a complete dreamboat! They are out the door at the same time and return at once together at four o’clock. God loves me. All is well.



In the seven hours between the bus stopping at our door, Truman and I are taking walks again. I’ve returned to cooking. We eat real food. There is time to clean up the after effects of the Code Brown. I can schedule doctor appointments and chat with therapists on the phone without a screaming chorus of banshees following me around.

I’m still reading about those blasted time-traveling Frasers in Scotland and the pre-Revolutionary War colonies. The books are long and they have their claws in me. I’m okay with that.

The school year’s return makes my efforts more purposeful. Summer’s survival mode fades into organization. It’s possible to do more than survive when things like this happen. It’s possible to thrive.

  5 comments for “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

  1. Sarah
    August 22, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Hallelujah, amen.

  2. Heather
    August 22, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    That picture put a HUGE smile on my face! I am sooooo very happy to you that you have survived summer and that the boys are back to the lovely land of school. What a dreamy situation to have both Jacky and Charlie at the same location. Wow, you are seriously doing something right…sista! You deserve all the goodness in the world.

  3. allison
    August 22, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Your flowers are so pretty!

  4. Suzy
    August 25, 2014 at 8:57 am

    LOVE that pic. Beautiful. I’m so excited for you that J and C are on the same bus!

  5. Janelle
    August 25, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Thanks for commenting on my blog. I’m sorry that I have never commented on yours. Thank heaven for school! I am so happy for you that chaos takes a break and you can take a little time for yourself. Love your blog BTW

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