Chez Songbird, Children, Family

In the Nest

Tonight, all the birds will be in the nest.

#1 Son arrived yesterday. He’s involved in a production of Henry V, and for some reason the theater company decided to come to City By the Sea for a weekend. Needless to say, this is delightful! If you live in Greater City By the Sea, click the picture in the sidebar to find out more about getting tickets. And if you live in Greater Big Apple, they’ll be back there next weekend. He’s staying with us until — actually, I don’t know how long he’s staying, but I’m hoping he’ll be here Sunday night for the Lost finale. We’ll see.

Later today we’ll drive to Beantown and collect Snowman from Hot and Cool Conservatory. He’s had a great second semester and will be home for several weeks before heading to Land o’Lakes Arts Academy/Camp, where he has a job on the stage crew for the summer concert series. We’ll miss him, but he is eager to get back to the lake and the trees and the music, and who can blame him. We’ll have three or four more weeks to listen to him practice in August.

In the midst of this, I have a very busy week at church. My colleague is away on a trip with the choir (they left on a bus for Quebec at 6 a.m.!), and this is the week of Confirmation, so I have a service to finish planning. The 12 8th graders who have been my weekly charge since September have finished their work. We meet tomorrow night to rehearse for the service and have a party. Then they get another party with the congregation on Sunday!

And meanwhile, I’m in a full-on job search, receiving gratifying phone calls, letters and emails that I hope will lead to a settled call. (There have been a few “no” letters, too, but more of the other, for which I am grateful.) This throws life into minor turmoil as we wonder whether this will remain *the* nest. I can only hope that where the Mama Songbird goes, the little birds will follow, as their increasingly grown-up schedules allow.

But for today, there’s worship planning to do, and a rehearsal for #1 Son, and a long car trip in the late afternoon, and packing for Snowman I’m guessing, and a chamber group re-audition for LP tonight, and the high likelihood of a very happy dog when he has both his boys home later.

I hope there is happiness in your nest today, however it looks, wherever it is.

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