Glad to be back

Well, I’ve been away from this space for much more than a week. Something about September (and the beginning of October) each year. So full of life, so full of fun and obligations. The writing for this space suffers. In the time I’ve been away, the trees have changed from green to gold and now red and brown. Over the next few weeks I’ll be catching up about the last of the summer and the beginning of fall, and writing about what I’m working on now.

Here’s a sample of what we’ve been up to:

Glad to be back.

drought’s over…

I’ve been away from this space for a while now — a bit of a writing drought, but I feel ready to be back now. The girls and I enjoyed a summer shower this week, outside. not from the inside, as we usually do. The girls were surprised to hear me say, Hey, let’s go outside! But then the joy of catching raindrops on our tongues took away all the hesitation about getting wet. How to get them back inside? Lovely!

Look for a new post tomorrow. Glad the drought’s over.

Just a confession of sorts — I have 104 children

{Lizzy and Catherine at the dining hall, circa 2006}

I’m not the biological mother of 104 children, but one thing I’ve never really talked about on this blog, is that I’m a dorm parent. That’s my job. My husband, family and I live with and help college students at the University of Chicago. We counsel, we converse, we organize study breaks, we break up rowdy parties in the middle of the night, we take students to the ER if they need to go. We organize trips around the city and the neighborhood. And live in a dorm. In an apartment kind of a space, with its own bathroom and kitchen, but still in a dorm, with college students living all around. In exchange, we get free room and board and a small stipend.

So why bring it up now? One reason is that I’m about to start a “Week in the Life” project (via Ali Edwards) and I want my life and pictures to make some sense. (It’s pretty hard to hide college students, although I’ve done okay so far. wink.) The other reason is that with this Superman-style secret identity I feel like it’s hard for me to relax into the writing of this blog space and really stretch out and create a place where I can explore a creative life for myself and my family.

I’m not planning to talk about the students too much in this space, but I am feeling liberated getting this off my chest. Being a Resident Head (the UChicago way of saying dorm parent) is a wonderful job. I get to know so many intelligent, dynamic, interesting people, who just happen to be college age. We’ve been doing this a really long time and we do love it. Our girls love it, too. They feel a big sense of belonging and know “their students” — the ones who live in our part of the dorm — and really enjoy helping to take care of them, or cook for study breaks, or hang out with them.

So I guess this is a self-portrait of sorts. Just wanting to show you a little more of the real me.

savoring ::

Even with the chaos of moving and packing, I’m finding delight all around me these days. Here are some things I’m savoring — 

:: sleeping in on sunny mornings…

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:: warm (finally!) summer days

:: fresh lettuce from the garden

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:: summertime knitting

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:: little girls who are shorter than the door knob

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:: swing-time

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What are you savoring? Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!