Sunset of The Longest Day of The Year

I went for a run at sunset today. It was cathartic. I haven’t run very much lately and I am trying to get back into a regular schedule. It’s cheaper than therapy. I don’t usually make as big a deal about the summer solstice as I have the winter solstice, but I needed a little moment to pause and reflect. It has not been the easiest month. A couple weeks ago while home alone with the girls there was an accident and my daughter Erin ended up getting her legs scalded with boiling water. It was another trip to the Emergency Room where I have spent far too much time in the past year. Poor Erin had to have some surgery to prevent scarring and she has stayed home for a couple weeks wrapped up in bandages, but end is coming soon and she should be back in school before long. I’ve had to climb out of a deep hole of blaming myself as a negligent parent and feeling bad for her as well. We had a family vacation to Walt Disney World planned but that was postponed as well and I felt pretty bad about that as well. I’ve slowly been emerging from a pretty dark place and trying to get things back to normal.

Anyways, here we are and summer has arrived. In a couple of weeks, I’ll be heading up to Cornerstone Festival, which is going to be a massive onslaught of mixed emotions as I go to the last one. A couple weeks after that we will, hopefully, be going to Walt Disney World as our girls have patiently waited during the postponement. Hopefully somewhere in there we will fit in a trip to the beach and some other family vacations, too. I’m steeling myself for a couple months of a roller coaster of highs and lows.