Thursday, June 14, 2012

A June Garden

Thanks for your outpouring of sanity on yesterday's slightly paranoid post, dear readers.
You asked for it: get ready for a new Wedding Wednesdays series starting next week!

It's funny how much you can change in just a few short years.  When I lived with my parents for ten months in 2009/2010, after moving back to DC having finished my MA, I took advantage of their generosity as if I were still a teenager; I rolled my eyes at the indignity of having to call if I was going to be back after midnight or needing to ask permission to borrow the car, and I used their house more as a crash pad than anything else.  My mother says that I was so wrapped up in my own quest for freedom during that time that we ended up maintaining better contact while I was in London than when I lived at home.

These days, the best part about living with my parents again is being home.  I take refuge in the mundane pieces of the days that I can share with them and, in fact, actively seek out the lazy joy of being with them.  I love that we congregate in the kitchen for coffee before work and that we enjoy dinner together several times a week and that, before bed, we drape ourselves over couches in the basement to watch PBS-worthy detective series with tea and cookies.  I love simply being with my parents at home.

I spent some time in the back yard yesterday evening with my mother, who is a intuitive gardener.  I managed to catch a few fireflies but mostly wandered around, appreciating the vibrancy of the flowers in the dusk.  I escaped before getting any mosquito bites - it is summer in DC, after all, and you do have to be careful - but not before snapping some photographs of her magic.


  1. This is such a lovely post! Makes me miss home and those simple joys. Hope you are enjoying being back in the USA. x

  2. what a beautiful post - and very pretty pictures!

    [Treasure Tromp] 

  3. Love this post Betsy! I understand where you are coming from. I only moved to NYC for a few months and when I came back I enjoyed being at home with my parents. It was weird, like all of a sudden I appreciated where I grew up for the first time. Anyway, hope you have great weekend and enjoy The Princess Bride! Love that movie!!

    Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

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