Dear reader, how are you doing? It seems like ages since I was last here, even though it was probably no more than a week. A lot has happened since then, a blur of activity as well as a few unforeseen bumps along the way. I know I have a tendency to keep the tone lighthearted here at Tollipop, but perhaps one day I will compose my thoughts and share a few things I've learned in terms of facing adversity.
Only, if I'm going to keep it real, I will then be forced to include all the ways I face adversity, including my arsenal of emergency swear vials, moments of faint and hard heartedness, wondering if this would finally be a good time to see what vodka tastes like, and futile wishes to dig a bunker in the middle of the earth or grow a pair of wings and fly away.
But my thoughts are not especially composed tonight, so you are spared the lecture.
Instead I will say we went on a road trip over the weekend, a very quick and last minute affair.
We went to watch a BYU women's volleyball game and by complete coincidence, ran into two of my cousins (and their families) whom I haven't seen in years.
I say complete coincidence, but it was so good to see them I can't help but wonder if it was a little gift from the universe, perhaps for that time I helped a tarantula cross the road.
Also of significance: Caroline got a new pair of glasses.
And she looks very sweet, indeed.
We spent the rest of the day with dear friends and, best of all, cousins!
I sat visiting with my sisters as our kids ran through the house and felt as if the universe had more than paid me back for every bug I've ever saved. It was such a warm and happy evening, a relief from worldly cares, a feeling of gratitude for the things which matter most.
I often tell my girls to cherish one another, to take care in building good foundations now for a relationship which will bless them always. And I tell them to keep their arms around their cousins, to stay connected, to enjoy these bonds of extended family which carry a strength that is not to be underestimated.
It is the way to go through life, dear reader: to look upon this world with love. To begin with those who are closest and move outward, seeing the beauty and worth of each soul. That doesn't always mean it's easy. That doesn't mean you can't have days where you'd rather strap on a pair of wings and fly away.
But in the end, I'm constrained to admit it all comes down to love.
That is the answer. And I'm still on my way to figuring it out.