Quoting Shakespeare in the title, of course. But so was the season. For the fourth year in a row, on the eve of the annual “back to school” fall semester faculty/staff in-service, unofficially signaling the end of the summer and the beginning of another academic year, I pause to reflect on the highlights of a summer in review, Summer 2014. Going back to May, what will we remember?

Undoubtedly, Summer 2014 memories begin with the ever-so-memorable wedding of Brandon and Ann. The months of planning culminated in a lovely church ceremony followed by a memorable outdoor reception on the prairie south of town.

The wedding!

The wedding!

Well after the newlyweds were off to whatever newly-weds do on their night of newley-wededness, but before that eve had passed, Zach officially proposed to Trisha Fay Suire in the Happy Place. Another family wedding set for November!Engagement ring

First of June, we helped Zach and Trisha move to Texas where they would both start new careers. We were amazed how their separate needs and plans came together to move to the same place at the same time: The hand of Providence!

In mid-June, I got a clean bill of health from the annual wellness physical. It’s nice hearing the Nurse Practitioner tell me, “Whatever you’ve been doing, keep on doing it.” (And so I will!)

A few weeks after the wedding, Sarah and I threw the bikes in the back of the pickup on a Sunday afternoon and rode around UL-Lafayette’s campus.

Cypress Lake on campus was a highlight that Sunday afternoon at alma mater.

Cypress Lake on campus was a highlight that Sunday afternoon at alma mater.

That was an impromptu treat that we’ll likely repeat in the future. Ann and Brandon moved to Colorado on a whim and a wish (as it appears to staid old fogeys like Mom and Dad)–not our design or wish, but the future is theirs. We hated to see them go, but we root for them as they embrace their future.

The July 4th weekend in Hays, Kansas: We spent blessed hours with Brandon’s family. The July 4th assault on Lake Wilson State Park will be a Pulling family memory for years to come. And Brandon’s Mom Cathy is the hostess with the mostess’! That 13 hour, 25 minute drive back home at the end of that outing will

July 4th on the Great Plains of America

July 4th on the Great Plains of America

also stand in my memory as the best day of driving in my life. Thank God for that road-worthy Tundra traveling machine!

Jed's daughter is still a sweetheart!

Jed’s daughter is still a sweetheart!

Ellie Mae lives! We’ll never forget the Donna Douglas gala at LSUE in July. That 81 year old Baton Rouge girl we watched on Beverly Hillbillies years ago was a charming and endearing motivational speaker for our OLLI membership renewal campaign. She was so sweet and so patient and so eager to delight! Her story was truly a testimony of God’s work in her life.

I spent my birthday lunch with Mama. I don’t remember the last birthday I was together with her. It may have been 30+ years! And Janice and Bob were able to join Sarah and me, too, as we celebrated with the most awesome oyster po’boys served up at the New Orleans Seafood and Spirits location in Covington.

Eat oysters, love longer!

Eat oysters, love longer!

Zach passed the Edward Jones “big” test! We knew there was a purpose in his career change, and we rooted for him all through July as he studied and prepped for the big test. The day came and his future hung in the balance: He made it! Not only did he pass, but he scored exceptionally well. Thank God for an outstanding result.

And last but not least: Tomorrow, August 18th, I will attend the LAST “back to school” in-service of this 28 year career in public education. A year from now, what will I have to say?

We shall see, with eager anticipation toward that day!

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