Monday, June 2, 2008


Picture a conga (condo?--no, that's a home) line at a wedding reception. Everyone in a long line and the drum beat is playing. The people are going step step step KICK step step step KICK. That is me walking thru the house singing Monday Monday MonDAY, Monday Monday MonDAY! Picture Snoopy from Charlie Brown singing "Dinnertime". He's twirling around and his nose is pointed at the sky. He is SO excited "Dinnertime!!" Again that is me except I'm singing "Monday!!" If I was computer literate I could add a picture of Snoopy here...alas, I am not.

Well, yesterday I wrote a quick blog about Monday and then I read the one comment I received. THE VOICE OF DOOM! Thank you CK for reminding me ONLY TWO MORE WEEKS OF SCHOOL!! And as I look at the calendar, it is really not even that long. This is the last full week. Next week is 4 days and they are all early release. (sigh).

Picture me. I'm not singing. I'm not dancing. (sigh)
THEN I have a revelation! (I'm so glad I just re-read this as I originally wrote that I had a revolution!) Jack, (AKA Alberquando's older brother) is 17 years old. This could very well be the last summer he'll be here ,as he plans to go to Europe next year after he graduates. I doubt he'll even be around here very much this summer. Alberquando is 12 so it is just a matter of time before he starts spending more and more time away from home. I NEED TO CHANGE MY ATTITUDE! Instead of moping around feeling sorry for myself because of my lack of personal time in the coming weeks, I'm going to try to turn it around and make it the best summer that I possibly can. I'll do what I can for us to do as much together as possible. I'm sure I'll be able to find a few quiet moments here and there. After all, there will come a day (and it will be here in the blink of an eye) when alone time and personal time will be the majority of my time. They are growing up. They'll move out and I'll be waiting for those phone calls and visits. Then when they call and or visit, once again I will be Snoopy at dinnertime or dancing in the conga line.


Chatty Kelly said...

Awwww. This was really a nice blog. It's so true too. I am thinking of the long summer ahead of us, yet each summer is different in its dynamic to how much time the kids spend with me and what we can do. It's a good lesson to savor each moment as it is, as it will be gone before you know it.

But some "me" time is always nice!

from "the voice of doom" aka CK aka
Chatty Kelly

Chatty Kelly said...

by the way, I think you should have named Jack,Guacamole instead. That goes better with Alberquando. It also goes well with chips, tacos, just about anything.

The Patterson 5 said...

I too am gearing up for summer. I think I need to start a multivitamin regimen just to keep up! I like Guacamole too! And yes the blond in the second picture on my blog page is the one you kept. He still thinks you are the BEST bible study sitter because you are a fireman or should I say fire person! :)

Sue J said...

I'm so proud of you for just being able to think differently of a situation! I find myself getting so stuck sometimes because I can't see a different side all the time (depending on how thick the circumstances I am in are at the time)!

It can become very freeing and, dare I say, creative, to start looking at your calendar and your guys in a new light. (Though, somehow, I don't see you have a pajama day at home with movies...but....I could be wrong.)

Monday, Monday, MonDAY--WOO!

Sonya said...

Hey there,
This is a great post! I am so glad that you are going to take the time to enjoy your little mexicans (LOL!) anyway, you won't regret it!

My sister's youngest child is moving out and she is a mess! When you decide to become a Mom you think it's permanant, and it is, but they don't live in your home forever. I hope to hear good stories of the things you're doing together this summer.

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me such sweet messages!! I really treasure my friendship with CK and she has helped me grow over the years, too!! :)