I am home after four days of business travel. I have a day trip today. But I can do it on wide open roads and 18 hours of daylight. After all, it is summer time. Summer time on the North Dakota prairie is my favorite time of the year. Plus it’s is Miss A’s birthday week this week. She won’t reveal what she wants as gifts for her birthday. She assured me Mrs. Claus is shopping for her. One thing I know she does want? Any type of animal. She is a calm cucumber with the calves at the farm.
Miss A thinks pigs or lambs would be a good next step. But we are going to let her start with cats. Our unveiling of our new cats will be soon. The girls have been “building” their house with Daddy. The cats will come to live there soon.
The cats will be easier I hope than feeding hungry bull calves. I secretly hope that in a couple summers we’ll be helping the girls prepare to show animals at our county fair. I gave up my secret to my husband and he said “livestock is your deal”. Okay that means we’ll become a showing mom with showing girls in a couple years. For now, the girls are soaking in summer with farm visits, lake visits, fishing time with Daddy where they caught six walleyes last weekend, camping, big brother baseball games, swimming lessons two days a week and special family visits.
Special family visits like to Great-Great Aunt Iris, age 106 who listened to me read Corduroy to the girls last week while we visited as she ate her late lunch. We visited after lunch and Miss A said to her, “I’m Anika Iris and you’re Iris. We’re alike.” It melted me that Anika could have a memory someday of her namesake, Iris, and reminded me taking a little extra time for special moments whether you are little or big, young or old, matters.
The winters are long on the prairie. Summer time is short and I am not letting it pass us by. We are soaking it in to the fullest.
What are you doing to soak in some summer fun?