It has been a gorgeous summer so far. One that’s been a sublime dance of work and junkets, art, popsicles, fresh basil, laughter, friends and plans for more of the same in August. I hope that this has been your experience too.

On this sun-dappled water morning in cottage country, as the coffee brews and the kids across the lake lobby for an early morning tube ride, I’m relishing in what I know to be true.

  • When a toddler hands you a ringing toy phone, you answer it even though nine times out of ten the call’s for them.
  • No matter how much money you have in the bank, when you are about to pay with your debit card and you are waiting for authorization, you have a moment of worry.
  • Your very presence is making this world a better place.
  • A stubbed toe makes you want to punch someone…and curse in the most profane way. Paper cuts too.
  • No matter how clean you are, border guards make you nervous.
  • Generosity is the path to wealth.
  • Squirrels will always find their way to the birdseed.
  • “Don't take this the wrong way" will always backfire.
  • An airport pickup is a devotional act of love. So is having a sandwich made for you.
  • Saying “yes” to magic yields more magic.
  • We need each other. To share prayers. To show up. To help hold each other’s dreams and bolster one another’s hearts.
  • When you do something you’ve never done before, it is scary as hell. To wit: my first published poem is featured over at Bentlily this morning.

Hold me.

Above all, what I’m learning is that if it’s new and not at all scary, then maybe it doesn’t matter that much.

Here’s to hot days and cool nights, my friends. And to relishing in the known.

Yours in lemonade loving,