I hate leave-takings

carlsbeachartI also hate long good-byes. You know the kind (or maybe you don’t). You have have mobilized everyone and scrambled everything into your vee-hickle and you are backing out of the driveway and somebody starts up a NEW TOPIC of conversation! This drives me absolutely totally utterly bonkers! My in-laws used to do that, may their beautiful souls rest in peace, and the Twinz of Terror sometimes show some tendencies in that direction. Me? It’s time to go so LET’S GO! This is not the time to go count how many old gas cans are in the garage or discuss fifth cuzzints eight times removed or or or.

I lost my train of thought. There were two leave-takings today and fortunately for me, I only had to be there when people were actually getting into their vee-hickles. Oh, my cuzzints (first cuzzints, zero times removed, thank you very much) were using the Old Cabin Outhouse. I occasionally use that outhouse but usually that’s when I have to goooo after we’ve shut down the moomincabin, which usually happens in October but is dictated by Mother Nature.

Today. I really kind of wanted a road trip but I didn’t know how to articulate that… I / we took a few short trips instead. I went up to the Dancing Crane Coffehouse today to buy sweet grass soap for my DayTwa beach urchin. Then I asked the GG, “Do you wanna go to Clyde’s for lunch?” I can’t always tell if he can hear me because he is listening to a book on his iPhone but this particular time, his face lit up into a smile. Okayyyy. I drove us over to Clyde’s Drive-In via the back roads. The downriver fields of the eastern UP are so beautiful at this time of year. My final trip today was the Sault Ste. Siberia farmer’s market. This farmer’s market is not quite as comprehensive as the venerable Ann Arbor farmer’s market but it’s high season here so there was a lot of good produce there and SWARMS of people. I support locally grown produce whenever I can.

I got back in time to see the Regenstreif Harms family leave. I will miss them… BTW, it was Carl of that family who created the beach art in the photoooo. I posted this on facebook and people are loving it. Calendar anyone? Would need a better photographer.

2 Responses to “I hate leave-takings”

  1. Margaret Says:

    Great work, Carl! I am used to long goodbyes, in fact an Italian goodbye usually lasts at least 30 minutes after the time that you THINK you’re taking your leave. With my mom, I’ll just cut it short if I’m in a hurry, but with other family members it can get tricky.

  2. jane Says:

    I do love what he did with the rocks, feathers and driftwood! so now I know why I randomly picked up the piece of driftwood….