Several pages being turned and new chapters beginning here in the Klassen household lately.
For example, last week I heard my husband murmur, “Time to turn the page,” referring to some changes he’s been making in his diet and exercise routine to improve his health and his physique. (He’s determined to look good in the Mr. Darcy costume I’m buying for him to wear during the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, England this September.) 🙂 Go, honey, go!
Our eldest son has been turning pages lately, too, and will soon begin a big new chapter in his life. He recently graduated from high school and just began a tough summer roofing job to earn some money. (Oh, man, you should have seen him when he came home tonight from his long, first day. Dirty head-to-toe and exhausted. Went to bed at 7:30!) This fall, he plans to move 5 hours away from us to attend college in South Dakota. In the meantime, he seems to be right on schedule with what I hear teenagers typically do—pulling away and doing all he can to make it easier for us to let him go. 😉 Ahh… Letting go. It’s hard. It’s necessary. It’s time.
Our younger son still has two more years of high school. He told me a few days ago that he’s determined to do better in school next year, among other things. I have seen encouraging changes in him already. He’s growing up! He has also just interviewed and received an offer for his first job, and will begin working at a nearby grocery store soon. I hope learning to work with a team, and for a manager, and cheerfully helping customers will be a good experience for him in many ways. At the same time, he’ll been gone from home a lot more, and have his own money, and maybe soon be driving. . . Eek. More changes. More growing. More letting go.
As for me, it’s time to turn the page as well. Edits for my December release (Book One in my first series, The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill) have been done for several weeks. In the meantime I’ve spent far too much time not writing, but organizing and pulling off a grad party, and researching and planning our upcoming trip to England. Now, it’s (past) time to turn the page. I’d like to follow hubby’s lead and make my diet healthier and get in better shape. (All this sitting at the computer and checking Facebook— I mean, doing research—is hard on a body.) It’s also time to literally start a new chapter and turn my attention to writing Book Two in the series. Summer is always a difficult time for me to concentrate, but with both boys away working more this year, hopefully it will be easier. I am looking forward to attending a writing retreat here in Minnesota with a group of authors later this week. No doubt I’ll spend time socializing and brainstorming, but I hope to get a few new chapters written as well.
What’s ahead in your summer calendar? Turning any pages, or beginning any new chapters? Whatever is in store for you, I wish you a productive, lovely summer. I wish one for me as well.