I dropped my book (okay, maybe I shouldn’t have been reading) and raced the dog to the batter that had splattered on the floor. “If you want to bake a cake, you have to break some eggs.” In my case, two batches. My apologies to the neighbors, who may have passed by the screen door. I don’t usually swear like a fish wife.
The birthday girl poked her head in to ask, "Is it safe?" No glass shards this time. I am now the mother of two teenagers. The older one is canoeing for 7 weeks in the wilderness so the more recently minted teen is an only child this month. As much as I’m missing my son, I’m really enjoying the one-on-one time with my daughter.
I’m sure many parents would disagree, but teenagers are more fun than younger children. It’s the age of both reflection and impulsive choices, of maturing into a unique person. I love the intense discussions and even the questioning. You don’t get unconditional love; you have to earn it.
Our cool day in Brunswick, Maine:
- Hot cocoa with whipped cream and cinnamon twists at The Wheelhouse Café
- Run into 2 neighbors who don’t recognize my grown up daughter
- Buy novels at Gulf of Maine Books and pick up free Mockingjay tattoos
- Try on high-heeled, pointy-toed shoes at Wyler Gallery
- Meet Dad for lunch too at Wild Oats Bakery and Café
- Sink into a comfy sofa to watch Letters to Juliet at Eveningstar Cinema (trailer below)
- Read the ARC of The Ruby Notebook by Laura Resau (review coming in September)
- And a weekend birthday party with friends to see the movie Eclipse
Romance in Tuscany with a Shakespeare theme. What’s not to love?
As for the images, they are of our clematis that usually peaks on my daughter’s birthday, but this year was 2 weeks early. Every year the roots grow deeper, the vine climbs higher and the blooms are more exuberant. Just like my beautiful daughter.
What else is blooming in my garden: late lupines, hydrangea, lilies, pansies, lobelia and yummy Early Bird and Cherry Tomatoes. For more Garden Blogger Bloom Day posts go to May Dreams Garden. I’ll come visit tomorrow while my daughter is at her first paid babysitting job. Don’t blink. They grow up fast.