Sunday, May 31, 2009

I just get home, and then I leave again...

"I just get home, and then I leave again,
It's long ago and far away..."

("Departure Bay," Elvis Costello and Diana Krall)

Tomorrow I turn the calendar to June -- and panic strikes. Where did the school year go? What happened to all of those home projects I had promised I would get done this year, to the vows to see friends more often, to my New Year's Resolutions, to my eldest daughter's last year of high school?

Time has happened. And, as usual, I'm facing June with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. Excitement because it's a fun time of year in France -- lots of social events, concerts, generally nice weather, late light. All the ingredients are there to make it a kicking time.

But at the end of this whirl of gaiety is a plane ticket for the USA, July 7th to August 20th. Of course that's wonderful news. I'll be seeing my family, and, most importantly, I'll be seeing my youngest daughter for the first time in over 10 months, which will be a great joy.

Yet, so much remains to be done. My oldest daughter is taking her Baccalaureate exam, her driving exam, and looking for an apartment in Rodez for her studies next year. Correction: I will be looking for the apartment.

At this time of year, I start to feel like I'm being squeezed through an hourglass.

The song lyrics above used to remind me of going "home" to Olympia, but this year, they could just as well apply to coming "home" to Aveyron. It seems like I just got back, and it's time to leave again.


Dedene said...

I'm sure you'll get everything done on time. Have a great time in Olympia with your girl. Summer does have a way of slipping by too quickly.

A World in a PAN said...

I can totally relate to what you say. I am in Venice, Ca, visiting my older daughter, and I ogten go to Amsterdam to visit my younger one .. ten months is a long time ..

TJ said...

when you come to olympia can you bring a little bit of france with you??? i need a little taste, just a small one. i miss it.:)

tut-tut said...

Two beautiful spots, beautifully juxtaposed. Don't feel too stressed!

RennyBA said...

I know how you feel and it reminds me of the song: 'If I could save time in a bottle......' but we can't so we need to stay in the present and take one day at a time.

So this is a gentle reminder to all of us; let's not forget to enjoy while we're at it :-)

poppy fields said...

I can't always think about my to-do list and how time just flies by with out waiting for me to check things off...yikes!
I bet you can't wait to see your youngest daughter!

Betty C. said...

Thanks for all of your comments, most of you know how it feels. I know I'll get there, and I am excited!

Tinsie said...

It's nice to have two homes ;-)