A body at rest…

There’s a current TV ad that repeats the words “A body in motion tends to stay in motion and a body at rest tends to stay at rest”. I can indeed verify the truth of that statement. We’ve been sitting on our property near Wichita since we got back from Arkansas in early April and I haven’t prodded myself to write a blog very often in that time. There doesn’t seem to be much in our daily activities that I deem of interest to anyone except us!

We have moved a couple of times, once for repairs on Liberty’s electrical systems and once to replace front tires, but other than that, we do the same things each day and each week that “normal” people (those who live in houses) do: wake up, brush our teeth, cook, wash dishes, etc. YAWN!

One of the joys for me of being here at the end of the school year is getting to attend end-of-school activities for the Ben, Bailey and Jadelyn. I’ve always felt sad that we couldn’t do that each year for Alma, our granddaughter in Georgia. We have taken her on field trips a couple of times when she was younger and attended a program and an honors assembly two years ago, but mostly she’s been at too great a distance for that to work very well, especially while we were still employed. Now that she’s in high school, we feel like she is growing up way too fast! We have had a chance to take in the elementary and middle school activities of our daughter Heidi’s three youngest children this year. It’s always fun to see how much their musicianship improves each year. We’ve also seen their science, art and sewing projects as they are being finished.

Our older granddaughters’ lives have evolved beyond such mundane childhood things. Jordan graduated from Wichita State University in December with a degree in technical theater and left just yesterday morning for a summer internship in Logan, Utah. Jordan has recently been a barista at a Wichita coffee shop and was saddened to learn that coffee shops are not on every corner in Logan as they are here! We’ll miss seeing her each week but then, we’ll be leaving before long ourselves. Katrina is a student at Rogers State in Claremore, OK and along with all her studies, she works nearly (if not completely) full time as a pharmacy tech. We plan to see her this week when we go to Oklahoma since her schedule won’t let her get away to come here.

Both LeRoy’s and my graduating classes celebrate 50 years this year and we plan to be in Oklahoma next weekend for LeRoy’s reunion celebration. Mine will be in late August. Cherokee High School celebrates with a get-together every five years but since he graduated in a year not ending in 5 or 0, I think this is the first time his class has had a reunion apart from that. Cherokee is a mini-boom town with all the recent oil activity and lodging is at a premium. Besides, there’s very little to do in a town that size (and even less in my home town), so they are meeting at a hotel in Oklahoma City. We’ve decided that’s what full-timers do for “vacation”, stay in a hotel!

So maybe the next time I write, we can report that we are bodies in motion, rather than at rest!

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