How happy am I that August is over? Well, I don't know. I'm glad the stresses that have made the road so bumpy over the last month seem to be easing up a bit. Even on this long weekend the air seemed a little thick and heavy. There hasn't been any letup in the barrage for so long I'm not sure I know how to take things easy any more.
But I got a chance today. The weekend was salvaged by an invitation from Tammy and David to a barbecue at their house. I hope I wasn't invited for my sparkling company, because I don't think I provided much. I'm still dragging my weary bones around and trying to remember how to smile.
It gets a lot easier when I'm around my nephew and his family, though. And frankly, I'm content to sit in the corner and watch the kids buzz back and forth. It's better if every so often they stop and say something to me, and I can usually count on that. Dakota even took a bite of my hamburger bun, which was a totally unexpected treat.
I'm not the only one trying to bear up under extra stress, and I know it. Tammy and David are dealing with the pressures of a wedding that's now just over four months away. And there are other outside forces that a young couple has to deal with, especially when they're setting up a home for two small children. I admire them for the steadfastness of their commitment to do the right thing. That comes from their commitment to each other, which I also admire.
We had a good day, in spite of the stresses conspiring against all of us. I guess that's what life is, making the best out of the hard times so you can get the most pleasure from the good times. Whatever doesn't tear you apart holds you together. I'm happy they let me share the day with them. It ends my weekend and begins the new month on a good note.