(Hope that all of you had an amazing holiday weekend! As moms, I think we work triple time on holiday weekends, and it is a small relief to settle into my desk this morning. Veering a bit away from the 80/20 rule today, I needed to be a bit personal after the holiday weekend.)
…….Little did I know it, but I have kindred spirit on the West Coast. A fellow lover of hot yoga, Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks Coffee (brands that I personally love…no paid endorsement here), pedicures, and blogging. I am not even quite sure how I originally connected with Jenny Feldon, whether it was twitter or her blog first. Regardless, it was a match made in heaven.
As luck would have it, Jenny and I have mutual friends. I guess you do not have to be Kevin Bacon to have a few degrees of separation. Jenny’s old camp friend married my life long friend, and now we are all connected in some mysterious cosmic social media way.
Jenny’s kids are younger than mine, and I fill with memories when I read her blog posts. Too many swelling memories to write here…you will have to check out Jenny’s amazing blog, Karma Continued, for yourself. Jenny often writes about her desire for more energy, her pursuit for health and strong identity for her little ones, and her need for a shower (as moms, we are all too familiar with that time period when all we yearn for is a shower).
Last week, as I shared a lunch date with my ten-year old…I could not help but to think of Jenny. Boy – Jenny is LUCKY (showered or not)! As I sat over HUGE hamburgers and fries and milkshakes with JB (who was actually the one who needed a shower after basketball practice), I dreamed of my tired days of needing a shower. There were years that I crossed my fingers and toes wishing for a small nap out of my little boys, so I could just get a few minutes of PEACE.
Now, I wish for a stolen moment like this lunch where it is just one of the boys and me. No friends, no teams, no practice, no Wii, and maybe just maybe an I LOVE YOU. This is what I keep my fingers and toes crossed for nowadays. How did we get from Disney Character Dinners where JB would snuggle close to stolen moments over burgers and fries. I guess that is the natural progression.
I feel tired in a new way as my boys start to hit double digits. Tired because of carpooling, watching games, and helping with late night homework (but I am clean and showered). When all the chaos ends with a one-on-one moment like the lunch, it makes it ALL worth it.
We talked sports, sleep away camp, and JB even gave me a pep talk about not making the cut for the Spark and Hustle speaking engagement. According to JB, next time I have it in the bag.
When I told JB that I was still going to attend Spark and Hustle while he was going to be at camp, he became concerned that he would not know where to write me!
He wants to make sure that he can WRITE ME — worth a gazillion calorie lunch any day of the week.
I guess that I am chartering new territory & making new memories, and there will always be Jenny’s blog to remind of where it all started.
As I settle into my desk for the week, I would STOP anything to take JB for some burgers and fries! Have a wonderful first week of July – Rachel