A Week by the Numbers, and the Emotions

stormy lighthouseOur weeks are usually quiet and placid and fairly solitary, but not last week. No, not at all.

I could tell you all about it—after all, what is more “hands at home” than family? But it’s all so personal, so full of people you don’t know . . .

A week by the numbers:

  • 2 house guests, a wonderful sister and a delightful teenage niece
  • 1 college visit in another state, with 1000 questions to ask
  • 1 day trip to another country, with 600 sights to see
  • 1 birthday, of 75 years
  • 1 anniversary, of 3 years of marriage, for my mother and her husband
  • 1 death of a beloved pet
  • 10,000 dirty dishes in the sink
  • 1 family picnic, gathering 40 relatives, most of whom we haven’t seen in 40 years, amid many inches of rain, dozens of shared dishes of food, hundreds of fond memories, and lots of new Facebook friends

It all equaled 7 intense days of life.

A week by the emotions:

  • Anticipation
  • Stress
  • Pleasure
  • Nostalgia
  • Joy
  • Frustration
  • Grief, deferred
  • Excitement
  • Anxiety
  • Relief
  • Letdown
  • Love, lots of love

It all equaled 7 intense days of life.