Friends, we’ve made it to another Friday. There seems to be no reprieve from heartache, injustice, and fear this year; yet I’m trying to do my job as a mother: to give my children a safe and cozy place to learn and grow and to live a life that makes the world a better place. There’s a lot of work to do. But on Fridays I share some of the pictures I’ve taken throughout the last week and write a few words about what’s been going on around The Cozy Burrow, so let’s catch up a bit.
I mean, what can I say about this week? I’ve spent most of my evenings on the couch, with the news on, and nervously knitting. Just like the rest of 2020. I keep thinking about the fact that we live in a country in which a totally innocent woman can be gunned down and murdered in her own bed and there is absolutely no justice. So I’m thinking a lot about what it means to be a mother right now and my own role in bringing up the next generation. That sometimes feels like too much.
Week 5 of Blackberry Bluff School is done! One more and then we’ll have a week off. I’m looking forward to that. We’re finally getting to the point in which Bear understands what is happening. We spend the first hour or two outside in the morning and then come in to do table work. He is a reluctant writer, but now he knows he must write every day before he is free to do whatever he really wants. That’s taken the whole summer and these first few weeks of the year to sink in. There were major meltdowns before at the suggestion of writing. Now he says, yes, oh yes. I can do this! Nevertheless, we progress.
Even though I’ve done a lot of knitting this week, I’m also returning to the task of organizing my basement sewing space. I’m lucky to have the basement – it’s a big space that’s safe from little hands. There are challenges to the space that I have no idea how to overcome. One of the challenges is that it quickly becomes our junk pile, despite all efforts to the contrary. Another is the previous owner set up elaborate display cases along the two longest walls – for matchbox cars!! So the shelves are not very high or deep and it’s difficult to use them to store anything larger than a toy car. Simply replacing the shelves is another challenge – they’re made entirely of mirrored glass and I don’t know how to install new shelves over that. I get frustrated every time I try to make this space work for me and then give up. I’m trying to stay positive and work through the mess this time.
It’s Friday, so I’m looking forward to an evening of The Gilmore Girls. I think I’ll spend that time in the basement with my sewing machine, Lorelai, and Rory. I hope this weekend’s news coverage is slow and that we all get a couple of days to collect our thoughts, renew our souls, and to get ready to do our parts in the Revolution. Dramatic? Yes. But here we are. I hope to be back on Sunday with a poem, but I’ll see you on Monday if I don’t make it!