“We are our stories. We tell them to stay alive …”
~Niall Williams, History of the Rain
My first thought when I saw these 30 photos, all compiled into one place was that it didn’t look at all like COVID. There are people (friends Charlie on the 3rd and Deena on the 24th) who aren’t in my family bubble up close (unmasked). There’s evidence of a long-awaited haircut (on the 4th), multiple trips to the library, two coffee dates (one with with me and a book on the 9th and another with Deena on the 24th), and a trip to the pool with Sam (on the 25th). but the rest of the month, it’s me … at home with a book, a messy desk, knitting, quilting … or outside for a walk … or simply admiring the butterfly bush in our front yard (Marc gave it a major haircut in April and it’s fabulous right now … I only hope we see butterflies – that’s a big bumblebee on the 26th).
In other words, most of June didn’t really look that different from the months before, but it sure did feel different. Right now, I’m enjoying the freedom to know I could be doing more … and choosing not to.
A Gratitude List: my journaling practice, plenty of rain, visiting the library, seeing friends again!
Life Giving: Sunday mornings, porch time, a haircut, a brow wax/dye (oh my goodness, I had no idea how much I missed that little bit of self-care)
Life Draining: traffic!
A (short) Happy List:
- engaging about books and knitting on Instagram
- summer knitting
- weekly manicures (yep, still doing them … just having other things to include in my daily photo collage)
- my reading journal (stay tuned – mid-year update coming next week)
- a sleepover with Sam
- wearing lipstick outside the house
How about you … what surprised you about June?