I’m back at my desk after a long weekend — long in the sense that most Americans had Monday off for Memorial Day, but also long in that a lot happened since Friday. In my studies of time, I’ve learned that the more memories one has of a given unit of time, the longer it appears in retrospect.
One thing that happened: We now have a permitted driver! My husband took the 16-year-old to the DMV on Friday and he got his driver’s permit. So now we need to teach him. We’ll drive around a bit in the driveway and parking lots, and I plan to sign him up for driving lessons this summer too. You need to log something like 65 hours, including in a variety of conditions, to test for your driver’s license six months after getting a permit. It’s all very exciting.
On Friday, after running with a friend along the river, and shuttling children around, I then drove an hour or so to Princeton for Reunions. No, it is not a milestone year. Princeton really gets into reunions and my class always does a happy hour, and since I live just an hour away, I went. I enjoyed chatting with people and went out to dinner with friends. I’ve been to a lot of reunions in my life and it is always interesting to reminisce about Ol’ Nassau, as they say. My first experience of Reunions was working as a food server for the 15th reunion when I had just finished my sophomore year. It was fine as jobs went — I’m not sure I thought too much about what my life would look like at my 15th. But that has come and gone many years ago now. I think my 20-year-old self would be happy with my life…though it becomes increasingly hard to remember what I was thinking then!
In the meta-memory category…each week as I archive my time logs, I look at my time log that has the same name — which in this case was 6 years ago (so Monday May 22 was both 2023 and 2017). It turns out that was the week I went back to my high school to give the commencement address. So I looked at those activities on my log, and reminisced about a time six years ago when I was reminiscing about a time 20 years prior…phew!
Anyway, I didn’t go out partying at Reunions, partly because I was driving back that night and also I wanted to get back relatively early because we left at 8:20 a.m. to drive to Cape Cod to visit cousins. Cape Cod is a long ways away, but we survived the 6-hour drive both ways. The 3-year-old is going back and forth on potty training, but he wanted to go while we were on the road (I had him in a diaper just in case) and so I got to see the inside of some really exciting gas station bathrooms. I mean, like the kind that are outside that you have to go ask for a key for…
I know my older kids loved hanging out with their cousins. We went bowling (others bowled – I chased the 3-year-old around and tried to keep him from grabbing bowling balls and dropping them on himself!). The kids played in the pool, we went out to lunch, we went on a short hike, and made s’mores. We drove back on Monday and ended the weekend with the two little boys playing outside on a log pile for an hour (Time Outside After Dinner). They created a restaurant that served wood shavings and leaves on bark. It was very creative!
Then it was up early this morning for a 6:30 a.m. radio interview with BBC Scotland. I was talking about whether you can make yourself a morning person, which I guess is another meta-topic there…
With Memorial Day in the rearview mirror it really does feel like summer is starting. I think it is going to be a good one. I hope you had a good weekend too!