At one stage, quite possibly on the day my girls finished school, I remember my editor writing me an email all about how wonderful this week was going to be in 2013. How in 2013 my book would be written and out there in the big wide world. How I would have such a great present to give our teachers and friends and family. And how I would have more time. So much more time.
I remember clinging on to those words. At that time I could barely imagine finishing the next section, let alone the whole book.
And yet here we are an entire year later. It happened.
Each one of us took our turn to strike a match, to light a candle, to make a little speech about the school year that was and to burn some school work.
It's been an enormous year in the history of our family. Miss Indi started high school and dealt with that roller coaster of highs and lows. Miss Jazzy swapped over to another school and blossomed. And Miss Pepper did her year of prep and loved it.
We learnt languages and techniques and reasons and stories.
We learnt lots about other families and other kids and social networks.
At home we did projects and spelling words and readers and maths. We woke to alarm clocks, we washed uniforms, made lunches and braided hair. We dropped off and we picked up.
We clocked up the absences by taking time off to travel to Israel, to Queensland, to farm, to publicize my book and to hang out.
And we did OK, and we could have done better and we did great .
Thank goodness for the summer holidays!
Can you believe there are only two weeks left of this year?
Big love to you wherever you are. I hope you have time, I hope your deadlines are manageable and I hope you have yummy things to eat.