Dear Sister Robertson
Dear / Sister Vancouver/
I hope you had a great week doing missionary work and that you are not being
Confession: I can’t wait to Skype with you on Mothers Day.
Speaking of Serious, (cough) DESPERATE….Your Sister is working desperately on a research paper for Ms. (teacher who has a bird name), tonight. She put it off until the absolute last minute. Surpraise! I think I meant Surprise, but I’ll keep it. The project is a position paper on how Smart phones are bad for our health. I have been telling your sister that for ages. She is definitely addicted to her phone………me too.
I have decided your sister is no fun to tease when she is stressed.
I haven’t been feeling well. Maybe this is from my cell phone. Every school day feels like a week. It is not that fun at school these days. Testing has ensued. Our school sits directly on the Sage Fault line. Even so, Friday afternoon, I did get out the HotWheels, dominoes, and Legos for another episode of Virtual Starbucks Apprentice. Guess What?! The real Starbucks is marketing a new, ridiculous frap called the “Pink Unicorn.” The kids made me a pretend one. Starbucks should rename it “Sipp’n Siren/ Death by Sugar.” There is no way I would ingest one of these. I know I need to change my thinking about school. I am in survival mode and still stuck in the past and not loving the present. I need to be in thrive drive…but all I want to think about is the drive to the coffee drive thru.
Last night we watched E.T. on Netflix. D. had never seen it before. Of course, I had, but this time it was kind of dumb and extremely SAPPY! The best part of the movie was tiny Drew Barrymore and the flying BMX bike get-away.
Yesterday, I went to the city and spent a few hours with S. and Wyatt. It was sunny and warm enough to be out in the yard. S. spread fertilizer and weed n feed on her lawn. She and I pulled weeds and dandilions. This was a lot of fun. There were some huge rag weeds with deep roots on the strip near the road where I park Pearl. I kept joking with S., saying, “Take it easy. Don’t puncture my sidewall!” It felt good to laugh. It felt really good.
I pulled some dandies, but I mostly played and rolled around on the grass with Wyatt. He loves being outside and touching and feeling everything…..grass, leaves, tiny blossom petals on the ground, dirt, sunglasses, earrings, necklaces,etc. He sees and wants to touch everything! Fortunately he doesn’t put stuff in his mouth, but his hands are so STRONG!
Later, I hiked to the Spillway and over to Mermaid Cove. Each time I go there, I bring home a piece of driftwood, or an interesting rock. I’m making a wood flow -er, arrangement in a large glass vase.
I hiked to Rockport again, today. This was the best! I walked half way through the fields along the ditch project. It is so sad to think the ditch is dead and buried now. No more milkweed. No more Monarchs. No more running and hurdling the gaps and cow pies toward the Dam Loop.
Higher up the cedar hill, an old telephone pole looked like a cross. There were three poles, actually. These reminded me of Easter and Christ on Calvary. Beyond the scree, I scaled the rock ledges from Dead Man’s Cove over to the campgrounds and beach access. Once on the shoreline, I found a sandy moraine and a soft spot on the sand to decompress. I just breathed and soaked in the sun. It was so peaceful, D. I lay there wondering what the Sea of Galilea looks like; whether it resembles wind-tossed, choppy, Rockport. Some day you will see it for yourself.
There was a group of women on the shore laughing and talking. They had two boxer dogs and a collie. They didn’t try to box me…ha ha 🙂 The curious dogs did come to investigate though. When the women called for the dogs to come back, they didn’t mind any better than Jimmer and Bruiser used to. After some time, your sister picked me up at the boat launch. I was so grateful for this, because it was such a windy day.
It was partly sunny, and partly coldy today. I wish I had taken my hoodie with me. I feel a sore throat swelling now. I was grateful for sunglasses though. I am more wind burned than sun burned. It snowed one day last week but the weather is improving each day.
D. has MORP on April 29. She is excited and has been on the phone making plans with her friends about the date and dance, instead of writing her paper. I told her I should help her with her paper by locking her phone up in the safe. Then she would have a story to include in her paper for Ms. Hawkes. She didn’t go for it, but has now refocussed and has been working steadily for the last half hour… so there is hope.
Did you know Don’s birthday is Wednesday, April 26? He will be 23? He and his room-mate, Josh, were home this weekend to build a coffee table for their apartment out of 2x4s. The design is a table that can be used as a foot rest or table, but that can also function as two benches for extra seating. It’s really taking shape. Next time they come, they will sand and fill cracks. Last night, D., Kyler and Kendrick had a bon fire on the Bates’ side of the river.
Don told me the two of you emailed back and forth last week. Cool. Wish I could do this with you. Let me know what time you are online.
I love you. I sent a “Happy Spring” package, the day before Easter. Hopefully you get it soon.
Take care and have a wonderful week!
Love, Mom 🙂