Hello from Michigan!
I flew north on Thursday, and I’ve been spending the week with my family. It is lovely chaos around here, beautiful and sweet and overwhelming all at the same time. I haven’t been in Michigan in June in a long, long time, and the weather has been absolutely gorgeous. We’ve been enjoying dinners eaten on the deck and an impromptu waterslide party. My niece Lydia and I are the first ones up in the morning, and we wake up with computer games (for her) and some puttering and coffee-drinking (for me). My nephew Devin is a handful in the best way, ever so determined to keep us chasing after him. He does this hilarious thing where he tries to wear everything as a hat—a bright orange colander, a tiny wooden bowl, a slice of banana, pieces of turkey. And everything is funny to him, so it’s hard not to laugh with him. I sometimes feel like being with these kids is an all-or-nothing proposition. I’m either here with them, completely absorbed, or I’m trying to catch my breath and take a break for the next round of fun. It’s wonderful and completely exhausting.
Tomorrow my sister-in-law and I are hoping to take the kids to a waterpark, and tonight we’re grilling dinner out on the deck. Dinner plans include these awesome chickpea burgers and grilled peaches, along with grilled veggies and perhaps some burgers for my more carnivorous family members. I’m happy I have one more full day in Michigan before it’s on to the next leg of my summer travels—Chicago! I am not always the most patient or graceful of travelers, but I am always glad I dared to break my routine for a few days. I’m such a creature of habit and order that I can’t help but think it’s good for me to shake things up every couple of months.
It’s good to remember that the world is much, much bigger than my little corner of it.