I am working hard to be ready to leave on my trip to South Africa. I want to enjoy the process of getting ready. To often I am rushing through the preparation and then have the recurring thought, if only I had had a little more time….
I am quite proud of myself because last night I went to bed being fully packed. I enjoyed today knowing much of my work was done and I only had a few small details to tend to. I was ready and at rest…a first time accomplishment for me before a big trip.
About 3 pm I came home from running errands and walked into my family room to see an empty suitcase. My wonderful chocolate lab Dutch had pulled every thing out of the suitcase (front pockets and all) and was lying comfortably on my pile of clothes. She did not run to greet me, like she often does, but she looked at me with her big brown puppy dog eyes…
I am grateful I have a few days to repack and prepare again to leave. I did mention to Dutch, that if this was a power struggle, I am going to win. I am not sure what she senses. I have not left her much in our 18 month relationship but she seems to know something is up. I am thankful I have a sister who is willing to take on managing her own young family and take on my crazy dog as well.
And so tomorrow I will attempt again to be ready and at rest. I look forward to hosting 28 of my family for Labor Day dinner and marvel at what a wonderful summer it has been. Enjoy the holiday weekend and I hope you also are marveling at what a wonderful summer it has been!
Tomorrow when I finish packing, I think i will close the zipper!