catching up :: a visit, a first, and hello(s) to the ocean
it's been a while since I've been silent in this space for an entire month. we've been deep in all things end-of-summer around here- a last minute road trip (pictured above), lots of gardening, getting ready for the school year to start (now it has!), which means a return to work for me and now, with her in her first grade year, a bit more of a rhythm to our homeschool days. actually, quite a lot more, but that's for another post.
our road trip was just us girls, headed south to visit with my grandmother in Florida via a friend's place on the Georgia coast. a friend with a new baby and new house that it was high time I got to see. we had a sweet little adventure, stopping to smell the flowers and giving loads of grandma/great-grandma (actually, we call her mamau) hugs, visiting the ocean twice for a bit of play to break up the daily driving, and an inaugural bowling outing. she LOVES bowling. she also loves, loves, loves her great grandmother, her great grandmother's little dogs, chasing lizards, and holding sweet little baby girls when they nap.
the visit with my grandmother was bittersweet. her health, physically, is great. mentally, it is a rapidly-changing scene, hence the necessarily-squeezed-in-before-summer's-end road trip. I love this woman. so, so much. we are so alike in so many ways, from our complexion and facial bone structure to our taste in clothing and food and so many things in between. the way we are both content to just sit and talk (or not) and watch the lake. love her.
the smell of the frangipani blossoms was also a highlight. and watching my girl play on the beach. when I tried to coax her back to the car with snacks because it was really time to get back on the road, she replied that it wasn't snacks she needed, but rather "I need the OCEAN!". I get it. the ocean and that saltwater air is good, good medicine. for me, often the very best.