It was two years ago June 6th that we said goodbye to our beautiful girl. Perhaps it's between that June 6th and this July 6th that the most change has occurred. We had no choice but to change, because everything was different. Change is required to live a full life. We can't stay static, no matter how much we might want to hold on.
Jenn's dearest undertook turning her blog, FourSeed.com, into a book. Dennis turned over his old career for a new endeavor, Cooper's Public Market. And Lil J is not so little anymore. And he looks just like his mother.
For me, the changes have been slow but steady. But I hold on to Project Elegance and what it meant in the beginning to Jenn and me. Then, how much it meant when she started Four Seeds. It's the thread that keeps us connected. It's a thread that has woven friendships near and far. It's created a fabric of warmth that I deeply appreciate.
In eighteen days, I'll be heading up to Sugartown, staying across the street from Jenn's. Debbie and Ted kindly give me a second home there. That's where the laughter will start. I can't wait to see just how many inches Lil J grew from last year. I look forward to visiting Cooper's Public Market and sampling their wares. I just look forward to being back.
Then, more and more people will trickle in and on that Friday evening, we will gather on the field centering the track to set up camp, fight with our tents -- because some never go up quite as easily as they should -- and we'll laugh and hug and chat. Saturday will start early; a full day of walking and talking with more laughter helping to abate our tears. Sleep that night will be short but deep. Then a few more miles on Sunday morning before the closing ceremony, and the disassembly of Camp Sugartown.
Sunday is really spent in a sleep deprived haze. Somewhere around dinnertime, and after a nap, I start to get it together. Then, it's time to get back. But, before I'll know it, another year will go by and then...
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Today, I will watch TO CATCH A THIEF, the film that inspired PE. And, yes, I even have some fried chicken to go with it. xo