Friday, July 26, 2013
A Different Kind of Peace . . .
But that's all going to change in a few hours. The peace is going to be disrupted, and I couldn't be happier. My son and daughter-in-law will be the first to arrive, and we'll have them to ourselves long enough to toast his birthday (yesterday) and compare notes on our recent trips to Europe (they were in Paris, Bordeaux, and the Amalfi Coast).
Then Daughter #2 will arrive with her guy in time for dinner. I love that we will have time with just the two couples for an evening -- often there's so much going on that it's tough to hear people's news amid all the banter.
As for the wildlife at this campground . . .
The raccoon that's been making bold forays onto the porch, once even making it into the house this past week (he climbed to the top of the china cabinet trying to escape me!) may be frightened away. I know, unlikely.
Our shy cat certainly will leave for a few days. We won't be so noisy that the neighbours will have to, but I'm not sure the mink that entertained my visiting friend last week will dart across the beach if we're all out there swimming and sunning and chatting.
But I don't think the raft of 6 or 7 otters that gamboled between courses -- diving to retrieve the appy (seafood, bien sûr), then the main (also seafood), then dessert (you know, seafood again) -- will be deterred by our presence. We'll be able to point out all those little heads to Nola and see her gradually recognize that there are long furry, playful bodies just beneath the water's surface. . .
We'll have the whole crowd here by tomorrow afternoon and most will leave Sunday evening. Two daughters and their two little ones are staying on through most of next week, so we will relax into the lovely in-the-moment pace that young children dictate. At some point, Paul and I will chase the moms away so we can have our granddaughters all to ourselves. . . I may find a moment here and there to share some anecdotes and photos with you. And I'll definitely check your comments from time to time to see how you're spending your weekend. Any plans?