A Seasonal Review: What Were the Most Satisfying Moments of Summer 2010?
Iâ€™m taking my cue from friend Maggie ShayneÂ and doing a â€œseasonal review.â€Â As this long, hot summer of 2010 fades awayâ€”the first hints of Autumn cool are on the horizonâ€”I donâ€™t want to remember the passing season as the one that was blemished by the BP Oil Spill here on the Gulf or by a serious but temporaryÂ illness that resulted from a bad reaction to allergy meds.Â To make the best of the season, Iâ€™m looking back at its most satisfying moments.
Summer 2010 was the season of working on my core after a turbulent, off-kilter spring.Â My core, my foundation.Â And not just physically.
My most satisfying times were hours I spent with
Aislinn, talking about her life-altering decisions for the future, listening to Suzanne Collinsâ€™ Hunger Games audiobooks and various Abraham-Hicks downloads together,Â discussing her photography business and how to market it.Â Â Sheâ€™s grown up so much over the past year and weâ€™ve become closer, but this summer has been really good with cementing a firm foundation between us.Â I am especially happy, relieved, andâ€”when I think back on itâ€”pissed because it was only 5 months ago that someone tried to destroy our mother-daughter relationship and used her for the sake of pure drama.Â I have the kind of relationship now with my younger daughter that I have always wanted, and when I think of what I might have lost because of someone elseâ€™s manipulations,Â I feel both anger and hate.Â And thatâ€™s honest.
Iâ€™ve also loved brainstorming my next novel with my older daughter and the long walks with her on the few times Iâ€™ve seen her all summer.Â I loved the passion of writing and its feeling of channeling something direct from the Gods, too.
My homeâ€”a very physical foundationâ€”has been a source of delight as Iâ€™ve listened to audiobooks on The History of the English LanguageÂ and such while painting and decorating, even cleaning the garage.Â Every day that I turn into my driveway and see the huge tufts of gaura on one side and rudbekia on the other,Â I feel uplifted.
And then thereâ€™s my personal foundationâ€”my physical health.Â Iâ€™m enjoying the euphoria of finishing, sleeping soundly through the night, becoming stronger and more flexible every day.Â I never thought Iâ€™d love Cardio-X so much or look forward to an hour of bicep curls or kick-boxing but Iâ€™m feeling GREAT.Â And I love that about this summerâ€”that every day I felt better than the day before.
So this season passes, and I honor it and the completion of new building blocks in my life.Â Autumn will be even better.