As you read this, I'll be tucked in the woods at Oak Lake with friends. There will be a fire in the wood stove and children sprawled all over the floor playing or reading. You might find me with a book in my lap - I'm planning on starting The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. Or, I might be hunched over a puzzle with my friends. There will be moments when it's too loud and we'll tell the five children to go outside. "Be careful."
"Look after each other."
As the sun sets, we'll all gather together to make dinner and set the table. We'll have wine and we'll move around each other in that way that is practiced without seeming so.
The kids will eventually fall asleep and we'll sit by the fire and talk and laugh, trying to practice the quiet that we expect of the kids. We'll have our moments of being too loud and hushing each other.
And, as the fire dies, we'll eventually head to our rooms for the night.
You are reading this days from when it was written. I had to plan ahead because there isn't wifi in the Wisconsin woods. But, I can still say these things with a degree of certainty. This is how it is at the cabin, the basic elements around which our time there is built. I can't predict everything but I can predict the kids and the warmth and the friendship.
This entry brings to a close NaBloPoMo 2013, my eighth successful NaBloPoMo. Thank you for reading.