I think I’ve got some of my Nice back! I spent the weekend with my niece R, one of the Chicago R’s. She’s been in New York City this month to do the Summer Intensive dance program at the Paul Taylor School. I’m so proud of her! R is a fabulous (and I mean fabulous) dancer, and a hard-working and dedicated student. She’s a sweetheart, too. And funny? How could I feel Not Nice with so much laughing going on? Anyway, she and two friends came for a short visit and a little break before the final week of their program.
The beach was open this afternoon, so I dropped everyone off for a couple of hours before it was time for them to get ready to go back to the City. It rained on and off, but they were determined to go, and they had fun.
I had the best two days. Really. Thank you Sweet R, and your lovely friends C and S, too, for a special weekend! You are three absolutely amazing and inspiring young women.
There wasn’t much knitting this weekend, but there was knitting talk. R brought the Tangled Skein From Hell (Blue Moon Bambu, just like what I’m using for my FBS) and we spent a little while working on it (we got quite a few yards wound, too). Let’s just say there was a winding “incident” on a flight from Chicago to DC a while back… S is a knitter, too, and her mother and grandmother are knitters, so we had a good time talking about knitterly things. I cast on the latest Rockin’ Sock Club pattern late this afternoon, so there will be pictures soon. It’s a beautiful yarn this time, and the pattern for the Hippy Crunchy socks is fun and looks like it will be a pleasure to knit.
I learned enough from the comments to my last post to keep me sane for the rest of the summer! You are all amazing and inspiring, too. I’m a lucky woman.
- Was that poem a universal parental weapon, or what? I thought I was the only one!
- Yes, Summer People, Summer Not really applies to us out here.
- Nice is work — it just is, no denying it.
- My Nice level must be set on high — maybe I’ll lower it for the rest of the summer just to see what happens!
- Kindness does go a long way, even when it seems futile. And you can always kill ’em with it!
- Part of what I try to do in any situation is consider the source — whether that’s good or bad — and put myself in the other’s position if I can. Sometimes that’s just too frightening, though!
- I do think that this has a lot to do with my age. I’m not willing to give up my peace of mind, or my sanity, or even my time any more. I’m learning to pick my battles better, and to turn and walk away when someone else’s insanity is too much for me.
- Good thoughts and kind wishes make my life very sweet.