summer has been good to us. i am loving all of the barbecues, weddings, time with friends, movie nights and swim days that are filling up my calendar. this past weekend we had a little dinner party in our backyard with friends. we grilled steaks and then put on a firework show in the dark. it's small in our backyard & i never consider it to be anything special, but the good company, fresh limeaids and endless sparklers made it feel a little cozier and more magical than usual. i love living above the city where fireworks can be seen all over the valley, no one forgets to walk their dog and the trees are taller than the houses.
i think i will remember this summer always. although my school load has been heavy, i've also felt so very very free. i am enjoying quiet afternoons to myself, good books and time to watch the storm clouds roll in over the valley. i am trying to savor these last 2 weeks of school. people tell me i will miss it when it's over. i don't think i will miss the tests, quizzes, homework and papers, but perhaps i will miss the experience of learning. i wonder if i will miss the selfishness of it all and the fact that i've been able to get this degree for me, and me alone. i will certainly miss laying on the campus grass in the sunshine in-between classes and mornings when i can sleep in instead. i know real life doesn't offer such flexibility-i remember, i've been there-so for now i'm trying to enjoy it. i'm taking the stress day by day and focusing on savoring these last few days as a student and these last few weeks of a summer that was so perfectly mine.