If I may (well, of course I may, because this is my blog) I would like to recount my summer so far for all you fellow readers out there (or just Karen).
When I left Provo, I was kind of numb. It had been a whirlwind of a week and I just kind of went through the motions of cleaning, packing, saying goodbye, and catching flights. Next thing I knew, I was at my uncle's house, eating a Dominican dinner at two o'clock in the morning. And that is just how life is for me on the homefront.
So here are a few things I've accomplished so far this summer:
*I've become an adult
*I bought a lottery ticket
*I went to a normal wedding
*I finished the Harry Potter books
(There must be more...)
Also, just a little randomness to introduce you to my life:
Yesterday, I opened the freezer door and about four cans of coke zero came flying at me. Coke exploded all over the freezer and onto the floor (somehow it missed me). I laughed for about five minutes because it was "exploding soda" (bahahaha get it, Sharyl?) Anyways, apparently my mom had stuck them in the freezer the night before so they would get cold quickly for company and then she forgot about them. And I was the lucky one who got to clean up all the soda...fun times. =)
Today, my mom and I were watching Becoming Jane when my Tia Teresa, Tio Yunio, Lucas (4), and Camila (3) joined us. Lucas was sitting next to me and he looked up at me and said, "Mom, what is she doing?" Then he realized his mistake and said, "Whoops! You're not my mom! I forgot!" Hahaha is it weird that it made me so happy to be called "Mom"??
I remember like a year ago when I was filling out some paperwork for a new job, I had to put my mom down as an emergency contact. Her name starts with an M so I automatically started to write "Mom". Then I was, like, "Wait a second...that's not her name...what's her real name? Oh, yeah!"
Haha a mother is and always will be Mom. And in a room full of people, if a kid (or teenager) calls for Mom, every mother in the room will turn. Try it and see what happens.
Some songs that I'm in love with right now:
Gypsy - Shakira
The Fear You Won't Fall - Joshua Radin
You Picked Me - A Fine Frenzy
Almost Lover - A Fine Frenzy
I Will Follow You Into the Dark - Death Cab for Cutie
Y'know, I feel like this summer has been just what I've needed. Half the time, I've been wishing and waiting to go back to Provo and be with my friends again. But the other half, I've been enjoying and embracing everything I have here. And I've been reflecting on how much I've changed and how much I've learned in the past couple of years. Sometimes, new people and new experiences come my way when I least expect them. Sometimes they end badly and sometimes they are amazing. What I need to remember is: Give it everything I've got and stop worrying so much about what could have been, what would have been, and what will be. Just take things one day at a time. The past is history, the future is a mystery, but today is a gift; that's why we call it the present.