Monday: let's leave unpacking the weekend bag for the moment (though I know my knitting is in there somewhere and I'll be ready for a few rows come lunchtime..). We skipped away, on the spur of the moment
(how did you persuade Dad to try life on the edge? The (Not So) Small One asked) on Friday night: we drove south, away from all the talk here about elections and hard borders and Brexit. It hasn't happened yet, so the border is still a soft one, and it's easy to slip from one side to the other, from green fields and grazing, on past the toll road, to the grey stone of the Big City, and we were in Dublin.
We'd been texting each other - the four of us - about politics before we left, by Saturday we were sending selfies (Mum! I've never seen you do that before! Not the two of you! Now I know the world has gone mad!) and snaps of lobster pots and the sea; and as we walked along one shoreline, our girl and her new beau (new squeeze? doesn't sound quite right, even if he does do an excellent hug) walked along a different beach closer to home; and the wonder of the world now is that we could stay in touch as we did it.
Back to our hotel, via a knitting shop found with a phone, to message our lad about sports results. Even a rugby match now we can watch from different corners and talk it over as we do it. We had a wonderful break, just the two of us, made all the sweeter by the scraps of conversation with two grown up children. I like this chapter, this not quite parenting.
We got back last night. I drove home thinking about what I'd write today, and about how my mail hadn't served me well, and when I walked through the door I spotted a packet. An order I'd forgotten. A couple of dozen rolls of double sided sticky tape. Just right
for a sticking together kind of a weekend.
How about you? Anything new? Any interesting mail? How about making a memo? We'd love to hear..
Deb, Ruth, Jane, Barb, Mitra, Mary-Lou, Ladkyis, Fiona, Maggie, Krafty Karen, Melissa, Honore, Karen and Mardi shared last time round. Go on, give 'em a wave! And have a good week!