November 16, 2013
My dear friend,
I thought I would drop you a line to let you know what’s going on with me and hopefully you will reciprocate!
The holidays are right around the corner and I am thinking that I want to really “deck the halls” this year and make it very festive. I’ll get a 22-pound turkey and brine it, then take requests from every member of the family as to what special dish they would like for me to cook for Thanksgiving. I do that every year and end up with basically the same menu but at least I know I’ve cooked all the things they love most. Even though daddy is in heaven I will make the Armenian Pilaf, but I am sure what he has in heaven will beat mine out easy!
My house is in serious need of repairs and a good deep cleaning, seems like I walk into a room and make a series of turnarounds trying to decide what to throw away first, yes you know me, it’s about time to get another canister and fill it up with all the leftovers in our lives that clutter my space until sometimes I think I’m going to drown in it all! No, I’m not quite ready to clean daddy’s space yet, his clothes are still hanging on the handle drawers, the last jacket and shirt… his bolo ties and shoes with the socks stuck down in them where they were left. His office is untouched, papers where he left them, even the Kleenex he was so famous for always having is laying on top of the Bible, which is open to the last scripture he was studying. When I finally sit down to his desk and turn on the computer I will see if he had started on the sermon he would have delivered on May 8 if he hadn’t decided to take a very unannounced flight that day!
Mother? Doing fine except she has the notion that Little Mama and Daddy dropped her off here and have been gone a very long time and she is ready for them to come back and get her. The thing that is sad about that to me is she never mentions the 70 years she and daddy spent together and I am wondering if she will remember as it gets close to New Year’s Eve and their midnight anniversary. She seems lost and I hope that one of them will come and take her hand when her travel time comes.
The rest of us are all good, Giles loving his new job, Cherita busy with hers at the school, Ara and Tiffany are happy and he is working to build up his practice at the clinic and last but not least my grandchildren are busy with one in the seventh grade and the other taking college courses while working at a place called Jimmy Johns! I continue to be caretaker for them all and knowing this is the best job I have ever had.
I am hoping that I can inspire them all to help me get the Christmas tree set up Thanksgiving evening and do our annual viewing of “It’s a Wonderful Life” which is one of my all time favorite movies of any genre!
I hope this catches us up but I also wanted to tell you that all your kind words, emails, messages, texts, make me feel very special knowing that you still care for me and think of me, thank you,