Sep 22, 2011

Day Is Done, Gone The Sun

"Day is done, gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky
All is well, safely rest
God is nigh.
Fading light dims the sight
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright
From afar, drawing near
Falls the night.
Thanks and praise for our days
Neath the sun, neath the stars, neath the sky
As we go, this we know
God is nigh."

-Original Lyrical Accompaniment to Taps

Taps is sounded nightly (in the military) to indicate ‘lights out’. We used to sing it at Camp Wewa, a sleep away camp I attended as a kid, before heading off to bed. Ah, the memories of summer camp! Once our glow sticks faded we impatiently waited for the morning sun.

Before the sun rises tomorrow, we’ll have bid adieu to summer. After waiting in the wings, autumn will finally be gracing the stage & we’ll be more than eager to take our seats. But before summer’s curtain call, I’d like to take a moment & relive the memories that will stick with me through the coming season…(in random order)

I was grateful for…
The sight of Mr. A holding my hand (pulse-ox monitor & all) as it hung over the side of my hospital bed in the emergency room. (I spent that night being poked & scanned, only to be dangerously misdiagnosed.) The faith & strength Mr. A gives me is immeasurable.

After seeing five doctors, the relief of finding a doctor (& his staff) who not only listened but knew what was wrong with me within five minutes! Turns out, I had the worst case of Mono he’d seen in his career. (Not encouraging on the medicinal front that five doctors missed my textbook symptoms.)

The sens
ory overload I experienced once I started taking trips outside after being trapped at home with lowered immunity. That first trip to the grocery store was incredible. I was giddy. I wanted to take everything in, go down every aisle! Mr. A got a kick out of my childlike zeal (& attention span).

The excitement when we booked tickets to Maine to spend my mom’s birthday with her next month! Our trip just so happens to coincide with the beautiful ‘leaf peeping’ season. I could have peed from excitement just like a puppy when we felt her sheer joy come through the phone upon finding out about our plan! Mr. A & I couldn't be more ready as this is our first vacation!

Being silly as we celebrated Mr. A's half birthday. I created a photo book (with the help of Snapfish) of the great pictures from our memory bank. It may be nice space-wise to have pictures digitally stored but I miss the feel of photos in my hands. It’s wonderful to be able to flip through those pictures now & see the story unfold.

Having a “$45 day”, as Mr. A & I have come to call it. It was a day rich with indulgence but we barely spent a thing when compared to what we gained that day.

Finally finding ‘grown up’ chairs, for one hell of a steal via Craigslist, after four months of sitting in what seemed miniature chairs at our dining room table. Thank you Becky in Savannah!

The time I almost got a 73 point word during Scrabble! (It was fountain, if you’re curious.) My Scrabble skills have come leaps & bounds as I’ve learned from Mr. A's technique. This summer I had words in my head, a Dictionary in my hands & love in my heart.

Starting my blog! What an exhilarating moment when I hit 'publish' on my first post! Back in July, I spoke with my friend Anne & she reminded me, as well as countless others, that I should be putting my writing out there. Into the wee hours that morning, as I had trouble getting to sleep, I thought 'Now is as good a time as any!' I nabbed the URL to Find That Warm Fuzzy Feeling & the rest is history. This was ‘the Summer of Blogging’. May this be the first season of many!

Thank you for joining me as I reflected on my summer! I want to store these warm & fuzzy moments up to use as a sweater on those chilly days that await us in the distance. Did you have a warm & fuzzy summer?