It is summer, and oh, how I love summer. Chauncey lies by my side, fuzzy and cute, despite the strange brown something sticking to the fur below his tail... I'll try not to think about it. It's warm, but not humid, and breezy. We've gotten more than our fair share of rain this summer, so this is a welcome break. It is quiet -- the boys are at a friend's house. Now that they are older (8 and 10), they are in high demand socially. They have full lives apart from mine, which is good. But it feels weird. It's weird that it's so quiet. I like quiet, but I miss them.
They are doing well. They both had successful school years, love school, and now are loving camp. I am fortunate to work at the school they go to, and the camp. It is our second home.
Chauncey has rolled over, and the unidentified brown something I spied earlier is covered by his tail, to remain an enigma.
A lot has happened since I wrote. First, the boys are HUGE. Really big. Like, they will probably each be at least 6' 4" by the time they are done growing. That is what people who know about such things tell me. Big sigh.
I finished a yoga teacher training program last year, and finally finished the test that went with it this April. I'm awaiting my grade on that, and when it's accepted, I will apply for certification. I started teaching yoga last summer and have begun again this summer. I love it.
There is a move in our future, at the end of the summer. That is a big change for us, but a welcome one.
The reason I entitled the post Mercury Retrograde is because Mercury is retrograde, and it's a good time to go back to things you've started in the past, or to reconnect with people from your past. I've been in the mood to write again, so here I am, writing on the old blog. Not sure how often I will do so, but it was a great friend to me during the adoption of our boys, and I think I'll need its friendship during this time of internal and external change.
Mercury actually encourages one to look back when it's retrograde. Go back to old projects, call old friends, meditate on past events or ideas. You may find yourself doing so naturally. It's the opposite of forging ahead. Unless you're cleaning your closets, and then it's a great time to forge ahead. Closets are a virtual treasure trove during a Mercury retrograde period.
So DO look back. Ruminate, pick up an old poem you wrote when in the depths of despair, resume the half-started mosaic project you began 3 years ago. Re-watch your wedding video which hopefully you've transferred to dvd or your computer. Call your college roommate. Reread Pride and Prejudice.
I'm going to advise Chauncey to look back, too. At the area under his tail (i.e. his butt). I'm hoping he can attend to it the way that dogs do. If not, out comes the fancy lavender-scented dog shampoo (aka Buddy Wash), and into the sink he goes. Here's to yesterday, backward and behind -- Enjoy!