I’m going to have yet another short report for you today, but haven’t written much about our family time, so let’s skip the work news that took up a lot of my day; and I’ll write about that instead.
Michael’s Stone family is here for the long weekend; and we spent some time with them today – and I hadn’t done that much on Saturday or Sunday while busy with my family, work, and the church service in the park. We had the most fun with the kids, and get along with Michael’s cousins; but Michael’s grandparents were busy with other things when we were available to play; and his aunt and uncle aren’t exactly big on playing at all anymore – if they ever were into do that when they were younger. Don’t get me wrong – they dote on their grandkids and play with them; but you’ll also never see them going for canoe rides or biking the trails at the park; and they’re more likely to play quiet, educational games with the kids. I’ll add that the kids love them right back; and the only reason I’m pointing this out at all is because there is a big contrast between Michael’s aunt and uncle and my adopted grandparents. Then again, maybe that would be different if his aunt and uncle had the option of being healed by members of their family the same way that mine can be whenever needed! ;^)
Moving along, Michael and I worked the breakfast and dinner-to-close shifts today; and got to spend the rest of the day playing with his family – though we had some fun with my family too when we crossed paths a couple of times. As I mentioned, Michael and I haven’t gotten to do that before today, but his visiting family wasn’t left to do their own thing for the first two days they’ve been here – they just got to spend more time with Jake, Stephanie, Rebecca, and Lucas instead. They wanted to do that with Jake and Stephanie, since they haven’t seen them a lot over the past four years; and I guess that’s important for Rebecca this summer too; since she’ll be heading off to college in August.
Speaking of Rebecca, this is a good time to mention her future plans; since it’s something that she’s been talking about with her family this weekend. It’s yet another one of those things that I don’t mention much in my journal because it just isn’t a big part of my own life; but Rebecca and Jenny have come a long way in their plans for their business future. They still have a lot to do over the next year, and I don’t want to get bogged down with the details, but they’re going to get part-time jobs while at college to learn all about the pizza business; Aunt Leanne might just happen to have the perfect spot for them to open up a pizza shop here; and they’re looking at doing that by the holiday weekend next May – and then running the shop during the summers, holidays, and weekends over the last three years they’re in college. They’ve picked pizza over other fast food options because that’s what makes the most business sense for our little town; and Rebecca and Jenny are both getting fired up about the idea of owning and running their own business – and doing that together. Rebecca’s grandparents, aunt, and uncle are impressed too, if a bit skeptical about the odds of success, but their bias is more about our little town; and doesn’t really have any basis in the facts.
Note to city folk in general – small businesses can thrive in small towns too; and some of us don’t need or want the crazy life that comes with working for big corporations!
Yes, I know – that’s coming from the Magi Master teen managing a multi-billion dollar investment portfolio; but you get what I mean. ;^)
Okay, this isn’t quite as short as I’d hoped; so let’s wrap this up.
Michael and I had fun playing with his cousins; we did get to have a bit of chat time with his grandparents, aunt, and uncle too; and then we worked our tails off at the Inn until nearly-eleven o’clock by the time we had the kitchen and dining rooms cleaned and the library stocked and ready for the overnight guests – including having the self-serve breakfast ready for them to enjoy in the morning while the Inn is closed for the holiday. I went home with Michael; we had a bedtime visit with his older cousins; and then I came home and did the same with the members of my family that were still awake and hanging out together in the living room.
I needed to hit the shower after that; got ready for bed; and then did a couple or five hours of family business work – depending on whether you’re counting that in ‘real’ time or by elapsed time while in a time phase. That extra blast of work has a lot to do with why I need to be in nap mode soon, and while we have the day off from the Inn for the holiday; we also have a busy day ahead with the parade and the rest of the holiday fun. There’s also a too-good chance that we’re going to get rained on a lot tomorrow, but I’ll let you know how that works out for us with the next update; since I’m still hoping that the weather forecast will be wrong and we’ll dodge the rain and thunderstorms – or they’ll just be little blips on the weather radar in an otherwise wonderful day!
You’ll be able to flip the digital page in my future and find out about that, but I need to get some sleep and then get to that holiday fun with our families and friends first; so, until next time...
...May the Magi Force be with you!