The wine is purchased, the programs are produced, the food is ordered, my speech is written, the details are done, my best friend arrives tomorrow, and I’ve made the very last list I will ever make for this weekend.
We are done.
I am in full-on “enjoy the weekend” mode – finally.
It’s funny, I have this sort of thrumming energy that kicked in today. I mean, I’m exhausted from all the running around, but, it somehow doesn’t matter. I have this constant hum of excitement and anticipation I haven’t had in a really long time. I think the last time was a trip to Chicago.
It’s like right below the surface of my skin is this heightened electricity. I mean, in a few days, almost all the people who mean the most to me will be together. Almost. There is just something about thinking how we are all going to be together – all the laughs and smiles and stories… How worlds will collide between old camp friends, and old college friends, and Internet friends, and family near and far. How can that not be awesome?
I was given a piece of advice to take a minute off to the side and just enjoy everything and everyone I can lay my eyes on. Take it all in. I’ll do that several times throughout the weekend, but I’ll also think of those who aren’t here – for whatever reason – and I’ll stand in middle of that bittersweetness and wish things could be different, and close my eyes and send them this moment and hope they know they are thought of and missed.
Because they are. So much.
And, so, no more counting of days and marking off of tasks. Tomorrow, after one last drop off of things to the temple, I will head to lunch with my best friend and the weekend will begin.
Here we go!