Sunday, June 23, 2013
Hen and Chicks
I put Oliver on the bus today that will take him up to camp in the Sierra Nevada mountains. He was very excited -- this is his second year at this particular camp -- and while I am happy (and grateful) to be able to give him this experience and more than happy to have a little breathing room away from his 24/7 intensity, there's a melancholy that accompanies saying good-bye. It doesn't help that it's Sunday, that tomorrow Henry, too, will be going away for ten days and that I will be finally on my way to my respite trip to Canada. The hen feels a bit unmoored at the prospect of pecking along without her chicks. I know that once I'm away, it will feel different, but right now, today, well -- yikes, I'm blue.