Our county fair was last weekend. For months Cousin Kay had been planning to bring her nieces and nephew to town to go to the fair. My conservation district sponsors a booth every year and they were going to help us with it and then go to the carnival. They were going to stay at my house and hang out all weekend long. We were SO excited!
Then last week Kay's car broke down. It was a catastrophic failure and it would cost more to fix than the car was worth, so she decided to trade it in, take the loss and buy a different vehicle. The car she was buying had a couple of minor problems that the dealership promised to fix before Friday, so that she could have it in time for the trip.
When the mechanic started working on the car, he determined that the problem was more serious than he had originally diagnosed, and another part needed to be ordered. Kay and the kids were beyond distraught at the thought that they'd miss the big weekend, so I drove to Billings to pick them up. Rissa was so excited about the trip that she woke up at 5 am. By that afternoon, she was a very tired young lady!
Even though the temperature at the fair hovered around 108F, we had a blast! We worked the fair all day Saturday and went home for a barbecue.
I surprised Sadie with a late birthday party and afterwards we sat and relaxed in the living room.
My son had just called and I'd talked to my brother earlier in the day. Everyone was fine; in good spirits and good health. Kay was sitting on the couch, with Sadie and Eric on either side. Both kids had their heads on her shoulder and Rissa was napping on the chaise.
It was a beautiful scene; one I'll always remember. You know it. That perfect moment, when all's right with the world. Everyone is where they are supposed to be and the earth and stars are in perfect alignment. That's the feeling I had. And for once, I didn't jump up to take a picture, I just lived it. It felt good. I was content. Perfectly. Content.