This past week I’ve had an anniversary, a wedding, a family reunion, and then today had my dad over for Father’s Day. Another busy, busy week, and though summer begins tomorrow it already feels as if it’s half over! The garden’s starting to produce–tomatoes, zucchini, squash, radishes. We still have a ton of work to do on the house but it’ll get done when it gets done…eventually :)
It was good having dad over today. Last time I saw him we had a little time to ourselves and started talking about the past. I brought up the fact that when I was young he used to say, “Patti, you’re a pain in the ass!” And I was. I used to follow him around and wanted to “help” or try to do things myself. I was under foot a lot. He always said it jokingly but there was a tinge of exasperation there, too. So today when I called and invited him he said yes and then immediately apologized for saying that all those years ago. He said he didn’t even remember saying it. I told him it was okay, that I forgave him, and that I knew I really was a pain in the butt at times, lol. Most kids get on their parents nerves on occasion. At least he didn’t smack me around, although the words did have the same effect. Ah well, it’s best to forgive and move on.
This coming week looks pretty open, and I am glad for the breather. We bought paint for the remodeled room and I still have a lot of cleaning to do, so perhaps I’ll make a dent in that as well. Life seems to be going on pretty much the same as it always has, yet I find myself thinking a lot about the oil spill in the Gulf, the effects that is having on the ecosystem and on the people in the region. I heard an interesting report on NPR yesterday about the six-month moratorium on drilling. I’d been unsure what to think about that, holding off judgment until I learned more about it. I’m becoming convinced that it was a mistake and hope, as the article mentions, that Salazar sees the wisdom in making some changes.