Two of the simple weekend activities I like best are:
- Having a Sleep Race. The person who wakes up last in the winner. I live with my two teenage sons, so this is an incredibly hard race to win. In fact, I have one exactly once and I think it was because I had the flu. Even the loser of the sleep race wins (usually me), because that person gets some time alone with her coffee and the paper - outside if the weather is nice. Heaven! Extra sleep helps me to be less tired and potentially grouchy during the week. Time alone allows me to reflect on school, world events, kids, coffee, the grocery list... Good stuff.
- Seeing Family. I have six siblings and nine nieces and nephews. Most of them live in other states. Fortunately, a short drive up or down I-95 will get me in close proximity to a larger group. Seeing my parents helps me remember the love and many sacrifices that sustained a large group of unruly children over the decades. If I ever think, "this situation is impossible," seeing them will help me realize that it is not. My brothers and sisters are a hilarious group of people. I can always expect to laugh when we are together. That kind of unmitigated joy goes a really long way. My nieces and nephews are clever, funny, and kind. Being with them keeps me up on timely issues pertinent to preschoolers, teenagers and young adults. I always feel energized by their company. The icing on this particular cake is seeing my own children interact with their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins in lively and meaningful ways. My oldest son calls this "fellowship" which has become the generally recognized term for being together as Ironsides. "Love is a force more formidable than any other."