I have been off the grid of late, and there is this teeny little window of opportunity. I am thinking about how often that happens in "real life" and we fail to appreciate it. I have finally been able to locate my iPad just right, and by standing on one leg while wearing a copper bracelet and wearing a tin foil hat, secure a signal that has actually enabled me to use the Internet to do some vital needed research. I admit it, I am superstitious and afraid if I move the iPad, I will be adrift in the land without Internet again, so I am perched on the side of the bed, stretching across 18 inches to reach the keyboard, fearful to breathe lest my signal disappear into the gorgeous Texas night sky.
I arrived "home" in Graham Friday morning after an overnight in Arlington, and picking up my great nephew from church camp at 8 a.m. Sis and her grandson were off to Colorado for the annual two week camping trip with her late husband's family and I am here to be back-up "fetcher and toter"--another leg in the journey of uncharted territory.
Four days into the two weeks, and I have likened it to the non-custodial parent having the kids for the once a month weekend visit. It is always fun and games, because NCP (non-custodial parent) does not have the same responsibilities and the kids just get to have fun. So, mom and I have had way too much fun because she just wants to hang out with me. I keep looking up to see her doing things she does not do....walking down to the corral because she wanted to watch me feed Rio...getting up at 7 this morning to come see if I was "ready to go to town yet."
It is the two-edged sword. At times like this, it is the mother I remember, and with whom I spent so many wonderful times. I want her to enjoy more, to try more, to do more. And, perhaps, it is also that we need the balance--that we give and take so as to make the best of what sometimes is a no-win situation. I know my sis carries the burden day in and day out, and I also know that most of the time she does it joyfully and willingly. She is just turned that way.
I love doing what it is that I do and can do, and tend to think it is the all important "system" and how honoring that keeps us in balance. I am not just playing or entertaining while I am here, no more than Sis is always working. I mowed this morning, and weeded, and fed, and planted, and cleaned, and fetched and toted and waited...But, I also bought a bird feeder and seed, and a hummingbird feeder and nectar, and got Mom to help me put them up this evening. Purpose is everything.