Lately, work has been more of a grind than usual… the weeks are long and the weekends bring respite: Mother’s Day weekend was particularly soul-replenishing and served as a reminder of how blessed I am — with MUCH to be thankful for.
That Friday afternoon I spoke at an annual professional event (making good on a promise / threat I had made a year ago to do so) – the presentation was well received and followed up by a few drinks with former colleagues. A very pleasant ending to a rough week.
I was on the tennis court Saturday morning, with a standing group of tennis friends; followed by a quick shower and a brief journey north with Dan to attend a family brunch. The food was amazing and we caught up with various family members. On the way home we stopped for a nostalgic stroll at Devil’s Lake State park – where we visited the ‘brick’ commemorating our marriage there five+ years ago. (Our brick is located 3 bricks down from the one labelled ‘Tinkles’). The park was jam packed with families out enjoying the much-appreciated warm weather.
That evening, we had date night and went to a movie, which was hilarious. I highly recommend ‘Snatched’ with Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn.
The next day was Mother’s Day. #1 Daughter Kelly had already made a donation to school a third-world girl for a year in my name (awesome!). Son Ben paid a visit to make us lunch and visit in the sun over lunch. In the afternoon, I went to a concert with #2 daughter–by a choir she was a member of when she was in school. My own mother had been a choir director, and her presence was strong as the chorale music filled our souls.
#2 Daughter and I finished the afternoon with a visit to my father, highlighted by watching the end of the Brewers game and an extended search for #2’s phone – which was eventually found in the cushions of a chair.
Lots of family, with doses of sun, nostalgia, tennis and music. All in all, a most excellent weekend.