Hi Meltingpot Readers,
Is anybody still out there? If so, thank you for sticking with me. I officially hit send on the new Hair Story manuscript at midnight on June 30. It was due at 9am on July 1. (How’s that for punctual?) Then, because Ms. Meltingpot never stops, I converted back into Mom-in-Chief and packed this Kinky Gazpacho family up for a 14-hour drive across the country.
Yes, el esposo and I drove from Philadelphia to Milwaukee to attend a family reunion. At first we said we couldn’t make it because airplane tickets for a family of five were too expensive and that drive with babygirl sounded like pure torture. But then my mother laid a major guilt trip on me, and my boys really wanted the adventure so we did the road trip old-school style. Fed the kids, got them tired, packed the car at 9pm on Tuesday night and hit the road. The kids slept, we drove all night and rolled into Milwaukee in time for lunch on Wednesday. It was genius. And exhausting. But so worth it. My boys met a bunch of their cousins and aunties and uncles for the first time and marveled at how big their family actually is. Did I mention my mother had 10 sisters and one brother?
We drove back home yesterday. I’m still sleepy but again, incredibly happy we made the effort to be a part of such an important family gathering. I actually finally saw my grandmother’s grave for the first time ever, as well as those of some of my aunties whom I’ve never met. We did an ancestor walk through the graveyard and I learned so much about my roots. It was really special. Family is what it’s all about.
So, now, for me summer officially begins. I’m starting to write another book, but at a much saner pace, the kids are all in camp for the month of July and I’m trying to grow another gazpacho garden in my postage stamp-sized backyard. All is well.
What are you all doing for the summer? Let’s hear your plans. I’m totally listening.