~~ Morning ~~
Thursdays have been our out-of-the-house days this year. Princess Hazelnut spends the afternoon with my mom and grandma, The Boy Wonder goes to his homeschool academy, and I juggle meetings with clients. It has been good for all of us, these afternoons in which we go our separate ways once a week. Their favorite part is snuggling up together to watch a morning cartoon while I shower and get ready. Mine is the time spent impersonating an adult. By the time we return to each other, four short hours later, we are excited to see each other again, and we hug and kiss and tell each other all the little details of our time apart, as if days have passed.
~~ Noon ~~
I was a beat or two off all day. Clients weren't where they were supposed to be at the right times, I was still a little unsteady as a final decision was made about The Boy Wonder's educational plan for next year, and at least twice I swore everyone around me was speaking a different language. As I left downtown, and made my circuitous climb up the flights of stairs in the parking deck, I suddenly realized that the seven-month-old 'Out of Order' signs were no longer on the elevator doors. I was almost to the top by that time though, so I just shrugged and kept climbing.
~~ Night ~~
Six years ago, our little family suffered a loss that seemed to be insurmountable. My sister gave me purple hyacinths during that time, and I will forever associate their heady fragrance with those difficult winter days. When the four of us reconvened at dinnertime today, Princess Hazelnut greeted me with a grimy fistful of daffodils and the first hyacinths of the season, and I carefully placed them in my favorite corner of my desk. The office seemed so full of love this evening as I worked my way through a pile of paperwork.
Every time I inhaled their perfume, I smiled.