Lobster Cove joys

Recent and less recent former colleagues from MSH came by to visit us at Lobster Cove over the weekend. There was more nostalgia, thinking of good old times, remembering who was there and who is where now,  and enjoying the very good ‘now!’  I love those visits in the summer. We enjoy Lobster Cove as if we are visitors. When we are alone we get busy with so many things that we forget to enjoy this extraordinary little paradise that we call our home.

Lobster Cove is at its best during our much too short summer, between July and September. This is the reason why I declined to travel to Togo this Saturday to attend the conference of African ortho-prosthetic technicians – a group of professionals that feature prominently in the work I have been doing the last few years with ICRC and with wheelchair service providers. I rarely go to conferences and would have loved to go to this one, seeing many friends and doing some intelligence about what is happening in this world, so different and so far removed from the usual MSH networks.

But it meant giving up one week of Lobster Cove in August, which I simply couldn’t. Instead a young colleague is going. I will meet up with her the week after to participate in a post conference workshop with teams flying in from various Francophone countries. I will be back by Labor Day.

The American Labor Day signifies ‘back to work’ rather than celebrating workers and workers parties as the rest of the world does on May 1. It’s kind of typical of the zeal of American workers – with their short vacations (holidays) and long work days that always astonish my European relatives.

Our family labor will heat up significantly after Labor Day as we are finally all converging on Tessa and Steve’s Harvest Moon wedding party (September 16), an event that has been on the planning board for many years.  Friends and family will fly in from Holland, using the wedding as an excuse to come to America at a time that is particularly beautiful on the northeast coast. I am taking two weeks off and we will squeeze in as much Lobster Cove enjoyment as we can. I see much harvesting our oysters, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and endless corn and lobster meals in our near future. Life is good.

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