On Saturday, the questionable weather threw off our plans. We had planned to drive the nearly four hours to go back to my friend Claire's home on the edge of the world. But with four kids cooped inside, and the possibility of terrible Bay Bridge traffic we abandoned plans and found ourselves with a free Saturday, which is pretty rare these days. Ever since I stopped teaching and started waiting tables part time, Saturdays have become a rare commodity. Sure, I take some off, but it's always for something planned, just as this Saturday was.
So it was refreshing to find myself with a free day. We went over to my grandma's house to eat crabs with my aunt and cousins before they left to go home to Florida. Alamae and Jettie followed after older cousins. I ate too much of my aunt's cheesecake. It was nice to stay and visit without a clock over my head reminding me that I needed to head home to get ready for work.
Starting in September I won't be waiting tables anymore. I put in my notice so that I could focus on Brackish Photography. And unfortunately, a successful photography business will also mean that many of my Saturdays are full. But should there be a time between one job ending and my business occupying my weekends fully, I am going to try to make a point of keeping Saturdays unscheduled from time to time. To give myself those easy moments with the people I love.
It was sad to see my aunt and cousins leave, especially since Sena and my cousin spent the two weeks visit nearly inseparable. They spent hours sitting on various dining room tables drawing together, plenty of afternoons swimming together at the pool. They found excuses to go on walks. It would appear that we are going to have to make a trip to Florida sometime this winter. A winter I am not ready to consider quite yet.