Back to School

A lot of shoe tying going on in Kindergarten.

A lot of shoe tying going on in Kindergarten.

 

Can you even imagine being a Kindergarten teacher?  There’s no doubt in my mind, I could not do that job!  Amelia is already in her second week of teaching the little kids.  Remember when school always started post Labor day?  Those days are over, now that everyone gets a week for Thanksgiving, and two weeks for Easter, aka Spring Break.  So the Airstream adventures are on hold until Thanksgiving week, unless I can talk her into taking a day off for a quick three day weekend trip.

My cousin Kahl’s kid, Thomas, has been living with us all summer.  We’ve always been his Uncle and Aunt.  But is he my cousin, second cousin, nephew, or first cousin once removed?  We are going with nephew.  One thing is for sure, he’s kin and kin are always welcome.

Even though he’s 23, and just graduated from college, he’ll always be a kid to us.  As a childless couple, it’s quite a different dynamic to all of a sudden have a kid living with us.  Not that we could ever begin to understand what it’s like to be a parent, but it’s going to be a shock when he leaves.  It’s going to be really tough on Amelia.  She used to cry as we drove away from visiting them in Tahoe.

The sale of the condo was an incredibly easy transaction.  No catches, surprises, or hitches.  I’ve had bigger hassles just bringing my bike into a shop to be repaired.  I wonder when we’ll go back to Mammoth to visit?  Out of habit, I still look at the 395/203 webcam daily.  It’s sad to see Mammoth suffering through their third consecutive smoky summer.  Fires out here in the west are now apart of everyday living.

1998, Amelia with our nephews and niece. L to R, Thomas, Alex, and Chris.

1998, Amelia with our nephews and niece. L to R, Thomas, Alex, and Chris.

2006, one of the hot tubs outside of Mammoth. Up front, Thomas, then Kahl and Chris. And some guy with hair and sunglasses.

2006, in one of the hot tubs outside of Mammoth. Up front, Thomas, then Kahl and Chris. And some guy with hair and sunglasses.

Thomas and your blogger. Enjoying a cold one at Helm's Brewing Company.

Thomas and your blogger. Enjoying a cold one at Helm’s Brewing Company.

I love this pic from Sept 4 2011. Occasionally this cactus in our front yard will bloom and when it does it's a one night event. Once the sun comes out the flower closes up and begins dying.

I love this pic from Sept 4, 2011. Occasionally this cactus in our front yard will bloom and when it does it’s a one night event. Once the sun comes out the flowers close up and begin dying.

Here's the same cactus, four years later!

Here’s the same cactus, four years later!

An absolutley beautiful bloom.

An absolutley beautiful bloom.

Sara and I go to the Airstream once a week to check on her and reminisce.

Sara and I go to the Airstream once a week to check on her and reminisce.

She's dirty, cramped, sad and missing the open road.

She’s dirty, cramped, sad, and missing the open road.

 

 

It’s strange us humans rarely recognize a moment when we are in the middle of living it.

5 thoughts on “Back to School

  1. That last line cries out for mindfulness meditation. I wish I had the perfect thing to post to inspire you, and everyone including me, to establish a mindful practice. Mindfulness gets exactly at that ever-elusive living in the moment. Sara gets it, but we have to work for it.

  2. Cheers to more good moments living on the road! Go-By Airstream! We are hoping to hit the road after labor day in Washington up to Vancouver, but the smoke is all around Washington and parts of Oregon!

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