Not like I Imagined
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Do you ever have those days that don’t go exactly like you planned? In fact, the list that you so diligently created that morning was just a shadow by 10am.

A fleeting thought, there and gone.

My week has been sort of like that. About the only thing I have done consistently this week was school with the kids. Even that seemed a miracle. Honestly, if you were to ask me, what took the time away, I couldn’t tell you any one thing.

It’s been one of those week where one things piles on top of another and before you know it, the time is gone. Poof! Now here we are today. It’s Friday already?

And now suddenly the summer is over.

This weekend marks the end of our interns’ 4-month stint at Polyface. I’m always so sad to see them go. Every year, I get new brothers and sisters only to watch them leave sooner than the 18 years that most siblings have together. It doesn’t lessen my love for any of them. There’s Savannah with an always eager smile and encouraging word. Derek is always good for something funny whether it be a practical joke or funny story. You can count on Jonathan to be a listening ear and Michael to carry the conversation when you don’t want to talk. Ben, Shrader, Leah, Peter, Heather  – each one lends their own flavor and personality.

And Noah. We had more time for Noah plant root in our hearts. He was here for a full year. Never have I met a harder worker. He’s quick, quiet and efficient. I know that whatever and wherever he goes from Polyface, he will do well and succeed. He’s that man.

It’s a bittersweet time. We mourn the loss of friends made, and yet are excited to see their wonderful enthusiasm as they embark on the next adventure in their lives. The excitement of the things they have left foot-printed in ours. But wherever they go, however far or for however long, we all shared something quite special this summer of 2012.

No one can replace them, you just widen your arms a little more and embrace the next group of new brothers and sisters.

And that’s what makes these weeks that “didn’t turn out like I imagined” worth it.

The people we touch, the friends we make, the hearts we share. Isn’t that what life is truly all about?

Go give someone a hug today! 🙂

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About Sheri Salatin

Sheri is married to Daniel Salatin. She is the marketing director at Polyface Farm and stay-at-home mom of three children. Sheri is passionate about clean food and is enjoying working the land along side her husband. When not farming, Sheri can be found reading, writing, sewing, baking and serving in her church family.
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5 Responses to Not like I Imagined

  1. wendy says:

    Don’t talk about Noah leaving. I can’t take it

  2. Leilani says:

    Well said Sheri. Those precious souls who move through our lives frequently leave more behind with us that any of us realizes until they are gone. With the interns it must feel like you are just getting to really know them and then it is time for them to leave.

  3. Bill says:

    I can understand how you feel. We had interns for the first time this year and were amazed at how quickly they seemed to become part of the family and farm. Even as they were learning, so were we. It was bittersweet when their time was up.
    May they all (yours and ours) go on to great things.