I’ve gone home for the summer.
Not home for a visit or home to live solo in my parents’ basement or even home while we are between houses.
No, I have gone home for the summer with John at my side trailing a whirlwind of kids, dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, pigeons, geese, finches, Louie the dove and that one damn turkey I can’t seem to get rid of.
We have arrived at the farmhouse that’s been in the family since 1913, filled it to the gills with boxes, noise and chaos that this old place may have never seen the like of. The plants are spilling out the doors. The kids are running wild down the hill and up the next to my childhood home to see their grandparents. The grandparents are doing an admiral job of continuing to smile as we carve out spaces for ourselves in amongst their things and upset anything like order that used to be here.
We will spend the summer helping around the farm, swimming in the lake and waving as my parents go spend some time on much needed vacations.
Then we will pack our chaos back into boxes and trailers and go back home to our little house with my favorite woodstove just in time for the kids to go back to school.
And maybe, if this hairbrained scheme of mine works out well, we’ll do it all again next year.