This summer is passing way too quickly. I'm not a fan of hot weather and insects, but after eighteen years in the south, I've become somewhat acclimated. The increased daylight and absence of school responsibilities more than offset the heat and humidity. I am not a mother who rejoices when school starts again. Here are a few life updates from the Patience Crabstick household.
Seamus has had his permit for over a year but had not progressed very far in his driving skills, mainly because of my own terror of letting a teenager drive a stick shift in a hilly town like Charlottesville. I know tons of parents in Cville who taught their kids to drive on a stick shift, but I seem to be impaired in this respect even though I love driving stick shift myself. So we bought an old Volvo station wagon from one of the local firemen and Seamus loves it and has been driving me on all my errands and his driving skills have improved a lot. He will have his license before long!
Grace also had an old Volvo that has served her well for nearly four years, but it died spectacularly in the middle of Broad Street in Richmond and it was immediately apparent that it would never drive again. She had named it "Gil". Can we have a moment of silence for Gil the Volvo who carried my daughter safely between Richmond and Charlottesville and who, even when his engine was boiling hot and seizing and smoking and drained of oil, managed to carry her to within a block of her apartment. He had 300,000 miles on him. Poor Gil, the faithful Volvo!
There has been some drama secondary to her purchase of a new car for herself. I can't give details because we are considering how to proceed in the face of what appears to be blatant fraud. The state police are now involved. I'll just say this: if a car you are considering has a passing inspection sticker on the windshield, make sure you also check the inspection form that should be in the car.
What else? I know you will roll your eyes, but I am planning a week of intensive house cleaning and I'm as excited about it as if I were about to embark on a vacation. Seamus and I have been working on the world's most difficult jigsaw puzzle, and I have been knitting a sweater for Seamus and would like to knit some dishcloths because homemade knitted dishcloths are the best. Some exciting life I lead!