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Saturday, August 06, 2005


After two days of frantic preparations, we are leaving for our annual trek north to Vermont and the Adirondacks. In addition to cancelling the mail and the newspaper and bringing the goldfish to our neighbor's house for safekeeping, this year I also had a long list of errands to do for my mother to make sure she will be absolutely fine in our absence. I think she will be, but still I felt sad and guilty when we said goodbye last night. She yelled, "I love you all" down the stairs of her apartment, as Megan and Luke raced for the street, something my mother doesn't say that often.

And so we set off with a little remorse and a lot of uncertainty. Tom had hoped to hear about a new job before we left. I had hoped to hear about my book. We need the mountains and the time together to ease our anxious waiting. We definitely need this vacation.

This is all a way of saying I won't be blogging in the next ten days. I hope others are getting a summer rest as well.


Anonymous Lela said...

Ten days? That's a long time! This is my husband Rob's busy month. So I will be home, and I will miss reading your blog. I enjoy reading your posts and I look forward to reading your book.

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