Keeping My Head Above Water

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Day 263

I am so far behind on blog reading and responding to comments. I am an early riser so I have time to shower, catch up with hubby and have a cup of coffee before the day takes off. Then I have time when everyone goes to bed, but by then, I am exhausted and ready for sleep.

I tease my grandchildren and tell them that Grandma needs her rest and needs to go to bed early. Last night, we watched a Chipmunk movie and I heard my 6-year-old grandson talking to his sister. “It’s 8:38! It already past Grandma’s bedtime.” Ha! I am not that bad. We forget how much kids treasure staying up late, especially the first week of their summer vacation.

Yesterday was busy, but a few tender moments were on my mind.

It was the 27th anniversary of my Dad’s death. He passed so close to Father’s Day, it was a very hard loss. He was my best friend and I miss him every day. I do not live in the grief — instead I choose to remember him full of life with that spark in his eye. He would have loved seeing these rambunctious great-grandchildren of his. He was all about the little ones.

Yesterday was also the 3rd anniversary of the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. I have family and friends in the LGBTQ community (wouldn’t it be nice if we were all of the same community?) which makes this hit home even more. It is so sad to remember this horrible shooting and so hard to realize nothing has been done in these intervening years to prevent such a tragedy from happening again. This morning I watched the video of Anderson Cooper reciting the names of the victims. It is a tough watch. Lest we forget…

I also took my granddaughter to get her hair washed and braided at the salon. Much to my surprise her brother wanted to come along. Luckily, it was a short appointment — just shy of an hour — so he survived!

Then it was home, dinner and a movie. A very full day indeed.

I find myself looking forward to going home this weekend. Not because I want to get away for I have loved every minute. God knew what he was doing when he gave children to the young and limber.

Hope to catch up some this weekend.


12 thoughts on “Keeping My Head Above Water”

  1. I am so happy you have wonderful memories about your dad. I agree that our parents would delight in our grand kids antics. My mother told everyone she knew about her four great-grand kids. At her celebration of life party so many sweet ladies came and talked to me about them. I also agree I have less energy these days to keep up with them. That’s why “visits” were made. LOL Enjoy your precious time with them and have a safe drive home.

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  2. My advice is to start fresh with all the blogs, once you are at home, and relaxed. Trying to keep up with everything you have missed will make it a chore. I have done it many times, and it’s a mission indeed! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Oh, Pete. I appreciate all the comments so much and I always want to respond. I know me, I will do as much as I can, but I will take your advice.

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  3. times spent with the young ones are too precious but can be tiring. it is heartwarming to remember loved ones with love and gratitude 🙂


  4. I’m glad I decided to catch up a little with this post Maggie! Thank you for not living in grief… and I love the comment about “visits”! Totally agree that they are wonderful… and so is being home. Enjoy both when there.

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    1. Thank you, Darren. Grief is always there, but so is life. It is a choice how we live it. Does not mean I do not miss him every single day. And like Dorothy said, “There’s no place like home.”…

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