Sometimes The Best Things, Are Unplanned
Guess who’s back, back again. Mary’s back, tell your friends! If you did not sing that in your best Eminem voice, it made little sense. (Man, I love some 90s Hip Hop!) I haven’t blogged in a few months, and now it is August already! Summer, other projects and making family memories took priority.
Despite Covid restrictions and precautions, this summer was probably one of my top favorites! Due to quarantine requirements, we could not travel to Ireland to spend time with our family. It was a devastating blow to all of us, especially my husband, who is longing to be in Donegal with his parents and siblings. We haven’t seen them since 2019.
I decided to make the best out of the summer and try to ease everyone’s disappointment. For the first time, we got a pool membership. We quickly learned to stick with weekdays at the pool to avoid larger crowds. The water truly is a happy place for my kids. It was wonderful to watch them challenge themselves in the water. I especially enjoyed watching my son. Every day, he became a little more confident in his abilities. I am in awe of the strides he made. My daughter has always loved the water, but she pushed her limits as well. The downside of the hours spent at the pool was that there was not enough high SPF sunscreen to keep my pasty Irish kids from burning. I can only assume the sun reflected off of my pale legs and burned them. While the pool has given us some super fun days, we had other grand adventures.
My son went out on that field never having swung a bat and terrified of being hit in the face with the ball. With the encouragement of the great coaches and his friends, he learned to hit, catch, and throw. Most importantly, he built confidence. I loved watching him grow and get better each week. I was amazed by the skills he developed over the eight-week period. He got hit with the ball several times, including in his face, but he definitely developed a love for baseball.
As an almost vaccinated family, we decided we could safely travel a little. We took a weekend trip to Louisville, where we did some Irish Dancing, bet on some horses and learned how they make baseball bats. It was a super fun weekend. I highly recommend that people visit Louisville if they have never been. There is something for everyone!
This may not be the summer we expected, but it was definitely the summer we needed. We all grew as individuals, but also as a family. New things and opportunities were discovered. We spent quality time together and learned to make the best of our situation. This summer was definitely full of new experiences and beautiful memories. I hope the rest of my family remembers it as fondly as I will.