Isn’t that beautiful? And isn’t it true? It DOES feel better to be optimistic. It’s just not all that easy every day.
Turtle patrol has been enormously rewarding but also pretty grueling this summer. Hundreds of nests on our little stretch of beach that we cover and the mamas are still crawling out of the sea and laying new nests (two more today) while babies are hatching all over the place. They usually
hatch at night but we saw a hatch last week that I have been trying all week to get onto Facebook. My video of the hatch was a bust..Heaven only knows what I did but I didn’t get much. I think I hit start at the wrong time and all the time I thought I was videotaping, I had shut it off. Anyway, even after six years of turtle patrol, it doesn’t get old. Seeing those tiny little things make a made dash for the water is nothing short of miraculous. IF I can figure out how to get a video on this, I’ll send it to you.
My brother in law’s dad died last week and when I was talking to my sister, Anne, about how hard it is to say goodbye to people we love and how, now that we’ve reached “that age” we’re going to have to do it more and more. I can’t think about it very often because it sends waves of terror through me…realizing that all of our days are limited and slowly but surely we’ll either be gone or saying goodbye to all the people we love. I guess when the unimaginable happens, we just somehow manage and go on…
My stepson, Ryan, and his two girls were at Erin’s this week. Ellyse was in a tennis tournament in Fort Worth and Grace (age 5….I call her Amazing Grace) was at Erin’s. That girl can do anything. She learned to ride a bike in record time. She’s already a terrific little tennis player. And, of course, as soon as she got to the Rosses and saw them diving and swimming, she was determined to learn to swim herself…which she did in less than a day. Erin’s a great teacher and wisely got her goggles because, as Erin says, kids hate to get their eyes wet and so they won’t put their face in the water. With goggles, they learn to swim really fast. Smart woman, my daughter. And doesn’t that just show that when kids REALLY want to learn something, they can. (and if they don’t, no amount of threats or bribes is going to work)
The Ross kids (even Declan) are swimming this weekend at the state competition. What exciting lives these kids live. And then they’re heading here…can’t wait to see them.
I haven’t moved off the couch since I got home from turtle patrol today. (well, I did have the patrollers for breakfast but since they left, I haven’t moved.) It was a ton of work today and I’m beat. I think anything I get done today will have to be things that can be done from the couch or the pool float.