But of course, this is a two-part blog post, so there’s always more to talk about when summarizing the most liberating season of them all.
I had responsibilities that I fulfilled, responsibilities I left open and couldn’t quite complete. There were appointments I should’ve made early in the summer that, by the end of the season, I felt too distracted to make any more. There was potential for so much: we could’ve had endless hangouts, on any day of the week, but drama unfurled in one of my friends’ households involving their post-college plans. That complicated our dreams, but that didn’t stop us from hanging out and playing games while able to.
I started video games that changed my life, like Persona 5, which introduced me to some wonderful friends while also introducing both Alex and I to a compelling large-scale narrative that kept us occupied and engaged for a month straight. It’s been ages since I’ve felt so engaged and motivated to play a game just for its story, and it kept us hooked enough to motivate us to buy a huge poster of the game’s cast of characters which now hangs above our printer desk. That reminds me of Connecticon, which we went to with Bella, and the upcoming Renaissance Faire, which will be a blast, too.
Bella’s leaving for college, Miranda’s already left for Florida, Madison’s in Orlando with the babies and sooner or later will be moving westward in Connecticut to better accommodate her and Mike’s jobs. Life is changing, whether we are ready for it or not, and we can only hold on for the ride.
I’m the kind of person who tends to think nostalgically even about bad times, and though this summer was by no means a bad time, I can definitely see myself looking back fondly on these times regardless of how they went.