Monday, September 29, 2014

Peace & Love


My friend Janice and I had such fun visiting with our college girls. Janice was my daughter's art teacher from pre-K through eighth grade, and our two daughters, classmates all those years, are as bonded as siblings at this point. Saturday afternoon to Sunday afternoon was the perfect span of time, just long enough for them to be happy to see us but not so long as for them to start chafing to get back to their lives. There was a sorority-frat mixer in their house Saturday evening, and we mothers stayed upstairs in our daughter's rooms sipping good red wine and chatting. Sunday morning when my girl and I went out for brunch, there were people asleep all over the living room. The house is very large for a student house, with great nooks and carved wooden details, a stained glass window in the dining room, a porch swing, shady trees and a fire pit in the back yard. You hear every step a person makes because it is also incredibly creaky. My daughter's room is large and airy with three big windows, and the quality of light in there is very tranquil, especially in the morning. She has posted photos everywhere and  says all the memories contained in them make her happy. Her childhood friend S's room is in the attic. It has eaves and angles and is a more expansive space than any of the other rooms. The drawback was that it needed work. Janice and S are artists and so they'e made that space wonderfully bohemian and creative, a hidden kingdom atop the house. In between lunch and dinner and errands with all of us together, we had a lovely time just hanging with our girls in their respective spaces. On the way back home yesterday afternoon, the fall foliage was on full display and the clouds were doing an opera in the sky, at one point forming an expansive white dove above our heads. Hello, Monday.








23 comments:

  1. This makes me smile :) What a wonderful time in your daughter's life!! And so great that you get to experience snippets of it with her.

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    1. SJ, those snippets go a long way. I'm grateful she allows it. It was a sweet time.

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  2. How utterly perfect. What utter beauty.

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    1. Ms. Moon, it was, the girls, the weather, nature, our hearts. A perfect moment in time. Now I'm back the rest of the proceedings, not all of them so joyful. This is life.

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    1. Kimberly, one of her housemates is a Delta, and it was a Delta-Q mixer! A wonderful time was had by all by the sound of it!

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    2. Tell her you know some really cool Delta women and that I could see her adding a great recipe to our National cookbook. . . .

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  4. I so love these pictures! You all look beautiful. I wanted to let you know I've nominated your blog for a One Lovely Blog Award. Thank you for sharing your family and you with us. :)

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    1. Andrea, thank you for the nomination and for sharing your beautiful family with us, too!

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  5. This whole post is like a dose of Eden.

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    1. Vesuvius, it was very much like that, a brief escape for the proceedings. xo

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  6. Gorgeous, all of it! I hope life in the city isn't getting you down, I'm thinking of you a lot these days.

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    1. e, thank you, friend. i appreciate the good thoughts.

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  7. I agree with Vesuvius. Such pretty, pretty people.

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  8. Look at that dove! I love it! Sounds like a terrific weekend and a perfect getaway from the city. :)

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    1. Steve, isn't that sky amazing? It was a lovely getaway. And just short enough.

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  9. just a sending a hug your way. i liked that we both were with our kids this weekend...

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    1. susan, it's so great to see them and be reassured that they are managing their lives just fine! glad you got to spend some time with your talented boy.

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  10. this makes me happy. All of it. All your beautiful faces, your daughter's room (!) that sky and the perfect visit.
    xxoo

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    1. yolie, isn't her room fabulous? The air and light in there felt so peaceful. xo to you too!

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