A few weeks ago Hurricane Harvey came and changed the world for many people in Texas. It may take months for them to get things back to a semblance of normalcy. On the heels of Harvey came Irma…and this storm affected my children who live in Northeast Georgia. Rain and winds are one thing, but when the rains end and the power is off for days on end…things can get desolate for even the most faithful.
I found solace in the knowledge they were safe, and happy. Not happy that there was no school for a week…but happy none the less.
Here in South Carolina, there were also many power outages. We were spared that hardship, (Thank you, Lord) but the debris was amazing. Thankfully there were no downed trees in my parents’ yard…but the leaves and branches that littered the ground were daunting. My mother, a slight “young” woman of 74, and I tackled the job with gusto, and three days and several lawn and leaf bags later, the yard is back to a more realistic look. I found myself tired….a good tired…and came home knowing there was not something hanging over her head for her to tackle alone.
After so many years of parenting, maturity has made this amazing woman one of my most treasured friends. There are no words that I can say to explain the admiration I feel for her. Suffice it to say I can’t think of another person who could handle all that life has handed her and still find the grace to smile every day.
On to more excitement.
I recently helped a fellow author welcome her new book to the world, hosting an hour of questions, posts and photos on Facebook. A blogger took interest and has decided to interview me for her blog, coming up in a few weeks. Her name is Fiona McVie…so please be sure to look her up. Her questions are thought-provoking, insightful, and creative.
I want you all to know that I am putting the finishing touches on the long-awaited fourth book of the Festival Series, “Night Music”, and since I know you’ve been most patient…here is a little tease for you.
To set the scene, Macy’s twins are asleep, and Macy is alone with her thoughts and a cup of tea…
Flipping through the channels she found an old romantic comedy and settled back against the decorative throw pillows and let the program take her away from her thoughts and racing mind.
Lost in thought she jumped when her cell phone stated buzzing and the dull-tones of Mozart’s “Symphony 25”, Nikki’s ringtone.
“Hey girl, what’s up?”
“We wanted to know if you had any plans for the weekend. Joe and I were invited to Rick’s place for a gathering, and he’s extended the invite for you and the boys. We’ll take the van so you won’t even have to drive…what do you think?”
Macy thought carefully. This would be the perfect solution to answering the boys’ unending list of questions….straight from the horse’s mouth to be exact. Satisfying her own curiosity as to where her boys would be spending the summer, if it all worked out, that is, was an added benefit.
“Congress takes less time to make a decision Mace.” Nikki quipped in her ear.
“I’m sorry…I was just thinking how great it sounded. No, we don’t have any plans…and I’m sure the boys would love it. What do you need me to do?”
“You can pack up one of those coolers full of healthy snacks for the ride. We’ll pull out around 7am Saturday morning and be at your house by 7:30 to load up. That will put us at Rick’s mo later than 11, barring bathroom and feeding breaks. There’s no school on Monday, do you want to plan on staying through Sunday?
“That will be fine”
“I’m so glad you’re going. You are going to love it!”
Nikki’s effervescent attitude spilled into everything, she smiled, agreeing. “I am too, thank you for the invite. And tell your friend thank you too.”
“I’ll do just that, see you at the cafe in the morning. Love you sis…goodnight.”
“Love you too, see you then,” she said, ending the call. She leaned forward and put the phone back on the table and picked up her mug. Her mind rattled through a list of fresh veggies and fruit she’d prepare tomorrow evening after she packed for her and the boys.
It was nice to have a plan, she thought, sipping the warmed tea, settling back into the movie. It wasn’t long before she was slowly drifting off to sleep under the light handmade quilt, her empty cup resting lightly in her lap.
That’s all for now…please share your thoughts…either on the Facebook post that brought you to this entry..or in the comment section below.
Have a wonderful weekend!!