Today, my son Ben ran his first track meet. He was.. um.. a little wound up and nervous. But all smiles when he was done. He ran a 2:59 in the 800meters, and to me, he seemed like he was loping.
He came in second.
He was also thrown in for the relay race at the last minute, and did well.
Zachary had a baseball game and while the team lost, again, he kept his head high. He did not blame teammates, nor did he think he was perfect- he knows what he needs to work on. He is a great sportsman, that one. Gracious in defeat in a way I never, ever was.
And this week, in New Hampshire, the "live free or die" state, marriage equality was passed by the Senate. I'm not sure how clear the road is through the House, nor what the "marriage is one man and one woman" Governor will do, but to see my neighboring, EXTREMELY conservative state take this step was amazing.
The house is clean- no small task- homework is being done, and I finally beat the pile of laundry in Jake's room that has always seemed to multiply in a way must be alien in origin. A good dinner was had by all, another near impossible feat during baseball and track season. Four out of five at the table, too.
I've made a few people mad this week, and I'm sorry for that. I've made a couple happy, too. A good friend called today and I love our connection, the way we understand each other after so many years.
I am very grateful for all the well wishes for my friend who was sick. She's going to be fine- like I said, she's the strongest person I know.
There is something winding down inside me, I can feel it. I glimpsed the kind of calm I feel when I'm at the ocean today, in the middle of what always feels like a storm. I was able to simply be.
And know it is so very much to be in the world today.