Summer Reflections 2012

Posted By on September 18, 2012

Perhaps if I reminded myself what a full and rich summer it’s been, I may not fall too deeply into Autumn melancholy.

Things I am grateful for, Summer 2012:

  • Visited Seattle and Vancouver BC with my boys and my mother. Ate delicious xiao long baos, dim sum, chower and sushi. Learned to appreciate and get along with my mom more and more.
  • First time ever at the San Juan Islands. Must return for camping at Orca.
  • Visited the Treehouse Resort at  Southern Oregon from a year of savings from the whole family  … and we would do it again. Learned about patience, manifestations, team work and celebrating together.
  • Gifted a tool box with tools from husband. Made a two window curtains with holders. Other projects in progress.
  • Remodeled and rearranged kids bedroom with kids. They are thrilled.
  • Primed and painted most of the house. Neighbors are happy.
  • Saw many eagles flying in the sky.
  • Watched the birth of a baby pig at the Deck Family Farm.
  • Watched a mother bear and her two cubs cross the road in front of me.
  • Fed many hungry mosquitoes.
  • Laughed and played with the boys.
  • Saw a bird (hawk perhaps) catch a fish in the water.
  • Held hands with my sweetheart.
  • Varnished the hallway floor.
  • Had a well received Many Hands Make Light Work series at the Mother Tree Preschool. Got to know some really dedicated and loving families
  • Managed to help my dad, across the country, with his retirement and broken appliance issues … and am still relatively sane.
  • Did yoga regularly.
  • Went camping, fishing, swimming and zip lining.
  • Watched the beautiful belly of my friend grow and grow.
  • Read books I wanted to read: Old Yeller, Sounder, Theosophy and Return of Merlin.
  • Let go of many physical objects I thought I needed.
  • Took naps.
  • Selected and wrote articles for a Home Birth Book printing this Fall.
And the gifts that Autumn brings that I am grateful for are:
  • Colorful leaves
  • Crisp cool air
  • Snuggling under covers
  • Sunny and calm coast line
  • Shellfish hunting
  • Mushroom
  • Hiking without complaints like, “The sun is sucking my energy.”
  • Camping and hiking
  • Fall fruit harvest
  • Teaching another Many Hands Make Light Work Series
  • Handwork, woodwork, watercolor and philosophy through the Waldorf Teacher Training
  • Freshly pressed and wildly fermented apple cider
  • Gleaning
  • Kim Chee making and eating
  • Soups
  • Learning about what my kids are doing in their classes
  • The unknown

About The Author

I am a Chinese-American mother of three boys, parenting with the traditions worth keeping from the East and West. I continue to learn new ways of raising a family and myself.


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