Summer Distractions

As long as I can remember, July has been my favorite month.  It’s always symbolized the true beginnings of summer.  When I was younger, the days seemed to stretch beyond forever, whereas now, I feel as if each month is a rapidly passing car on a train.  Going, going …

Yes, time marches on, but in this moment I give pause.  July is here today, sunny and resplendent in all its glory.  Many times, July in western Oregon has meant coolness with clouds and sometimes rain.  There’s a saying around here that summer doesn’t officially begin until July 5th.  I remember more years than not in my thirty six years in this state when all three major summer holiday weekends were complete washouts. 

Migraines still take up a good portion of my time.  I’ve learned to lean into them when they’re not off the charts.  Breathing, relaxing, and not tensing up against the pain do help.  It doesn’t take them away but rather makes them easier to bear.

And I still look for little joys wherever I can find them.  Backyard butterflies, an interesting flower, the Queen Anne’s Lace that fill out the dreary roadside with their delicate white wildness, a beautiful cloud pattern against the blue sky . . . all these things are worth celebrating.  Maybe as I’m bearing down on sixty, life is starting to make more sense.  Really, it should start at any age and can.  All we have to do is open our eyes and fully appreciate what’s out there.

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A monarch on the butterfly bush stayed long enough for me to take its picture

My husband Jim and I are going on thirty two years married.  We’re still in love after all this time.  I still fall in love all over again at certain times.  For instance, the other day, I smiled to myself as Jim listened to current songs by Katy Perry, Meghan Trainor, and Kelly Clarkson.  He knows more about some of the contemporary singers than I do.  It’s sweet.  He washes dishes now.  We banter back and forth.  We watch and gossip about Big Brother!

July 1st.  Summer awaits.  Whether I’m hurting or not, I intend to live each day in appreciation to what the world presents to us.  God’s gifts are plentiful, but only when the senses are open to receiving them. 

About andreamarjulie

Just trying to navigate a life circumvented by chronic migraines. Sometimes I write about managing with those, but at other times I am prone to deviate a bit.
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