After what seemed like a few dull days and hard-faced facts about the reality of this summer and my distance from Grand Rapids, I feel like I’m getting back into the swing of things.
I went out to Royal Oak on Wednesday with some friends and family to see a family friend perform in Terrie Lea and the Mustangs. She’s amazing. Vocals. Fiddle. Mandolin. Guitar. There, I danced with an old man named Francesco, per his request. When a friend asked to cut in, Francesco politely shook his head, said “No!,” and clutched me closer. Ha! Sensing no danger, I just stepped in time and laughed it off. At the end of the song, he called me “a perfect lady” and kissed both my hands. Thank you, sir!
On Thursday, I was invited out to a cottage up north. Having no real reason to do so, I immediately said no. Way to be spontaneous, Meg. Luckily, I was given a chance to recant – which I eventually came around to do. On my way up, my friend and I began compiling a life list for me. It’s sort of like a bucket list but less extreme. Just a list of things I haven’t done that I want to do in life. It came about after hearing him say “You haven’t done that?!?” far too many times. So far, it includes, but is not limited to:
- Sky diving
- Motorcycle license
- Lions football game
- Downhill skiing
- Flea market
- Camping (tent style with a sleeping bag (no air mattresses allowed)
That’s all I can remember. Anyway, the point is – the wheels are turning. Not to mention, my spontaneity paid off. While up north, I ate crawfish that we caught in the lake, bought a ring from an antique store, found a wallet in the lake that we estimated to be 6 years old or more based on the expiration dates on the credit cards, “roughed it” without running water for two days, started reading my first Danielle Steel novel based solely off of the hype her name generates (piss poor writing, if you ask me – and yet I continued to read it, waiting for it to grab my attention), ate ice cream, went bowling, went to the casino with someone else’s money and watched $100 turn to $234 and plummet to $50 (I would’ve cashed out at $234 had I not been insisted by the owner of the money to continue. How do you argue with that? I wish I’d have known how. Sadness), and spent two hours in a car enjoying conversation with someone I had met merely two days before. Success? I dare say it was!
Today, I’m going to Frankenmuth for the World Beer Expo with friends. Staying the night there just to soak in my heritage (fried chicken?) and coming back tomorrow. Then it’s just days to pack for Jamaica. Summer is picking up speed! And I’m thankful for the people in my life.