Summer Musings: Friday's Fave Five

Friday June 3, 2011

Can you name five blessings from your week? Susanne from Living to Tell the Story hosts Friday’s Fave Five each week. Click on over and see her if you’d like to join in!

Here are my favorites for this week:

1. A brand new babe.
One of my close buddies is a real friend of the heart. She was the subject of my “Handful of Blueberries, Heart Full of Love” post. (She and her hubby fostered three boys for almost a year, going from no children to three boys overnight.) They are now the proud parents of a sweet little boy of their own. I am so very excited for them!

2. Being a mother of a graduate and the fellowship that comes with it. It's always neat when you can say, "I know how that is" and encourage another mom along the way. I know several of you out there are mothers of graduates this year – and I know many have been there already. There’s a special post for the Mother of the Graduate right here. Yes, it is a bittersweet time, but try to concentrate on the sweet.

3. Learning. No surprise for a teacher, huh? But I’ve decided to take some classes this summer, so I’ll be on the other side of the desk, so to speak. I’m really looking forward to it. I figure it will help my teaching and my writing, both.

4. No real schedule…except for the one I come up with. This is really nice. I do have things to get done – a book to finish editing, books to read (for fun), books to read (for class), writing. And I managed to get five things submitted this week. If you haven’t read about my Road to 100 Rejections, you can catch it here. I’m on the way! But I do love this setting my own schedule, for this part of the year, anyway.

5. A quote:

“Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry.”
(W.B. Yeats)

I’m a big fan of poetry; I even try my hand at it from time to time. The quarrel with ourselves can be so interesting, so enlightening. The questions, the doubts, the “what if’s.” Exploring those takes us down new paths. One reason I love summer so is because I have more time to wander down the trail.

Happy summer wandering to you,


Susanne said...

Congratulations to your friends. That is wonderful.

I've had two graduate now and my baby will graduate next year. I'm going to check out the link.

I'm thinking of taking some classes too maybe to gear towards a career change in the near future. Scares the pants off of me, to tell the truth. I haven't done school work for way too many years.

ellen b. said...

Another great quote! What a sweet surprise for your friends to have their own babe. I really love the non-schedule schedule. Have a great weekend.

Anonymous said...

How sweet that your friends have a brand new baby!

We've had two graduate from both high school and college in past years with one to go -- I'm thinking the last one will be the hardest!

I love having more freedom of schedule in the summer, too. I haven't been as productive as I'd like, but I told myself this morning I am giving myself permission for this first week off to be more of a break and hope to do better next week.

Joanne Sher said...

That IS a great quote - and I love your Fave Five - all of them. My oldest is ten, so I don't have the graduate thing done - but it's coming much faster than I want it to :)

I'll definitely be back. Thanks for dropping by my blog and posting.

Anonymous said...

I love that Yeats quote too. Bravo to poetry. These are lovely fave fives, Laura. Hope you and your family have a lovely weekend.

Cathie said...

Congratulations on the new graduate! A special time for the whole family.

And good luck when you start your classes. Learning, as you said in your previous post, is one of the delights of being human, and one of our basic needs, I believe. Have fun this week enjoying your free schedule!

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Gattina said...

I am so happy that I have nothing to do with studies anymore ! for the moment all the youngster have their exams here before the summer holidays in July and August. Poor things, they are all locked in with this beautiful weather !

Faith said...

That is awesome news about your friends and their baby!! and yay for graduating children....mine has 6 more days of classes, then concentrating on finding a summer job and then graduation day on the 25th!! the countdown has begun over here...have a blessed weekend and good luck with the start of your summer classes and writing!

Trish said...

Thanks for visiting my FFF - sounds like you have a great summer coming up, and I love the quote.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

I love not having to follow to much of a schedule also. Congrats to your friends who have a new baby.

Michelle DeRusha said...

As a mom who has already been through a lot of what I am enduring now, I so appreciate the advice and support you always offer me, Laura (like your super supportive comment on my post today -- thank you).

I just read your post about your graduate -- so sweet. Promise you'll walk me through those moments and anxieties when I get there, too?! ;)

no spring chicken said...

I love your Yeats quote. I am definitely an introspect...

Blessings, Debbie

purple squirrel said...

Thank you for welcoming me to FFF! :) Clearly, I have a little ways to go before I have "no schedule"~ although my oldest starts "9th grade" this fall!

I'm thinking I need to read more Yeats~ his quotes are so great! :)

Anonymous said...

Congrats again on getting a great start to your summer. Hope the class is useful to you and your summer is full of great things.

Deidra said...

No real schedule? That sounds wonderful! And yay for your friends' new baby!

Brenda said...

#4 would feel particularly wonderful to me, sometimes its nice just to have days to do what you want to do.

Catherine said...

I love that you are taking a summer class! Enjoy being on the "other side"!

How exciting for your friends! New babies - *swoon*

I love the quote.. happy summer.

Anonymous said...

Have fun being a student. Let us know what classes you are taking.
It is grand to be able to set your own schedule. I hope it brings you refreshment, joy and just the right amount of "boundary markers."
Love your perspective on finishing up "the stage" of graduation.

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