With the first day of school comes a new season. But it doesn't feel like Fall, only the end of Summer. I suppose that there are Natural Seasons, and then there are Calendar Seasons, and we have begun the New School Year Season. Officially. So, Maria is a senior, and so are Leo and Acorn. It's also cousin Dom's birthday! And it's the start of sophomore year for cousin Izzy, for Simon, too. Max is still in Intern Season, which, by the way, is going very well. I know for sure I have at least one post, per year of high school for Maria, when I go on and on about how quickly I expect these years to go by, and sure enough. Still, even with experience and anticipation, I am a bit shocked that Maria is beginning her last year of high school, that she will be diving into college apps, and we need to make that appointment for senior portraits. How is this already the last year? I have a fifteen year old nephew! And my youngest son is programming, sitting in meetings, in on conference calls. This is a strange, wondrous season!
Normally, when Sony has Summer interns they've met in person, worked in the office, and done fun team building activities, had outings, and engaging experiences. Sweetly, someone has been hard at work coming up with ways to continue the same fun, team building engagement, even though the interns are in their homes, and in different parts of the country. They do online gaming events, and they assembled terrariums, made boba, and recently, they all took an online cooking class with Chef Lenka, of Bake With Lenka. They made Slovakian Pirohy, which I mistakenly called "pierogi." There is a difference, in language, but it seems the cheese and potato dough, and filling, are about the same. We loved them! And I enjoyed watching Max figure it all out, while the instructor gave directions, and he watched on his phone, while mashing potatoes into a dough, and preparing the filling.
Ah! I see another silver lining of lockdown... being priviledged to observe things up close, like my son as an Intern, or meeting my husband at our home cafe for his coffee break. And speaking of coffee breaks, I did a thing!
freshmen become sophomores, then juniors, and seniors. And we don't do everything we planned, or hoped to do. But, I will still plan and hope, and wish, and pay as close attention as I can manage, and make days count, and be thankful for the visits, the trips, for playing and make believe, and for new seasons.