This was the summer I thought would never actually arrive. Winter settled in around October and decided to over stay it’s welcome and finally move on in May. That’s right – 7 solid months of winter. And then the rain came. And came. And came some more. But summer eventually showed up. And we did our absolute best to savour every single second of it.
I’m not going to spend a lot of time dwelling on this. Because, well, it’s hard. A chunk of our summer was not so sunny and bright when our daughter fell ill. It was a very difficult time for her and for us. It was difficult to stay positive, especially when the medical professionals were not giving us the answers or the support that we needed. But we pushed through it. We did stay strong, she needed us to. And she needed us to be her champions and fight for her. And we fought. And now we breathe and bask in that amazing smile and those eyes that are sparkling once again.
I live in Saskatchewan. Therefore, by law, I must be a Rider fan. It is our civic duty and obligation to wear green – watermelon helmets are optional. My husband and I have attended a few games over the years but tickets are not cheap and season tickets are impossible to come by. Unless you win them. Which is exactly what I did. This might have been the most fabulous prize ever. And nobody is enjoying that prize more than Molly. Yes, our four year old daughter LOVES going to Rider games. I’ll be honest, I don’t know what football games are like in other cities across the country but I suspect, and I have heard, that they are not quite the same as a Rider game. The energy in that old stadium is amazing! And Molly’s enthusiasm cannot be matched. This has definitely been one of the highlights of our summer!
We use to have a family cat – Satchmo. Satchmo lived to the very ripe age of 21 years. She passed away about 2 years ago when Molly was just a toddler. She has gotten after us ever since to get another kitty. Not just any kitty, but a black, girl kitty named Satchmo. We put it off for quite a while. Molly has asthma and when she was younger her asthma flared up quite a bit and I suspected she may be allergic to cats. But her asthma has gotten progressively better over the past two years and it became fairly evident, after spending time with other people’s cats, that she isn’t allergic after all. So, we started to toy with the idea of maybe one day getting another cat. And then I got a phone call from my cousin who works with a local cat rescue organization. She had a house full of adorable kittens and did I want to adopt one? I asked her if she had any black kittens, part of me hoping she didn’t. I wasn’t yet entirely convinced we needed a cat. Turns out she had several black kittens. She proceeded to send me pictures – and audio files of the kittens purring. This girl knows what she’s doing. So off we went, first to the store to pick up kitten supplies and then off to Michelle’s house to get a kitten. One little black kitten. Are you sure you don’t want two? Turns out we weren’t sure. And before I knew it we were packing up two kittens for the drive home. The little black girl (Satchmo) that we had come for and a little orange tabby (Freddy).
I’m still getting use to having these two trouble making felines in the house. Kittens are trouble. But what they do for my daughter is worth every cent in vet bills, every scratch I’ve endured when one tries to climb up my leg. They bring her such joy. And, it turns out, even though she had proclaimed Satchmo as “her” cat, Freddy is her new best friend. That kitten has patience I have never seen before in a feline. She picks him up and hauls him everywhere. She adorns him with jewelry. She insists he sits on the couch and watch Spiderman with her. And he does it all. With love. And Satchmo, well she’s not so tolerating. And that’s ok. She loves Molly too. If you sneak into her bedroom in the middle of the night you will find that little black ball of fur snuggled up in bed beside her.
Ending Summer With a Smile
Despite some rather hard times this summer we managed to have some real fun and make some amazing memories. There were the football games and the fuzzy additions to our family. We also introduced Molly to camping this summer. Of course we picked one of the rainiest summers ever to do that. But it didn’t matter. It has rained, hard, every single time we have gone camping but that rain did not dampen our spirits. We have discovered that we are a camping family. We also discovered we are a family that prefers some comfort and invested in a small camping trailer. Money well spent! We are actually heading out to the campground again tomorrow. And, yes, the forecast calls for rain – and lots of it. And we are still excited!
We also went berry picking, spent time with family and friends out of town, went fishing, took in the farmer’s market, planted a garden and made jam! We did all the things we love to do. We soaked up the joy in each and every place we found it. And summer is not over yet! Yes September is just days away but I’m holding tight to the theory that all that summer weather we missed at the beginning of the season is going to be tacked on in the end and we get another month of sunshiney weather! Wishful thinking? Perhaps, but what’s a world without wishes?
Share a Smile
What made your family smile this summer? We all know what they say about a smile – they are almost as contagious as a yawn (did you yawn just now reading the word?). And a smile can change someone’s day. Such a simple thing – a smile – but it’s impact on us, on others is tremendous!
If you head on over to the Kinder Canada Facebook page right now you’ll find a cool little feature that can help you share those smiles you captured this summer. Just “like” the Kinder Canada page (if you don’t already) and look for the Smile Booth app at the top of the page. Here you can create your own #kindersmiles photo strip to save and share with anyone you think would love a smile!
Disclosure: I’m part of theKinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.