The first day of school…that happy time for parents who had the kids home all summer; for children wanting to get back and meet up with their friends; for days of learning and doing well. And so, this year it was on a Wednesday and it was a beautiful day, hot but no rain. So everyone was excited to go. Except me. I didnt go…instead I went to breakfast with friends…
I have come to the road in my life where there is only the two of us. Hubby and I, both retired, are living our days doing whatever we want. Whether that is getting up early or late; eating breakfast or eating out; going to the movies or staying home; watching tv or hanging out on the deck….it is our choice and very relaxing to realize we dont have to do anything we dont want to.
Just the two of us.
And so tonight we are five. Three of our nine grandchildren are having a sleepover. Which means cooking for five, entertaining these three, watching the movie they want to watch, playing the games they want to. So far there are no fights, thats a good thing. They are each doing their own thing. One is on xbox, one is on his tablet, one is reading….and now after dinner they are watching a movie.
But we all sat down at the table to eat and talk….and since they are watching a movie on tv while I am typing this. The house is quiet again. These are precious moments to be remembered because while they are all under the age of 14….pretty soon going to grandma’s house wont be on their list of things to do…….but who knows, maybe I am wrong….my 17 year old grandson comes to visit us often, staying to watch baseball with us…..
Precious moments….tomorrow I will go out in the morning to buy bagels for us for breakfast….and then they will be picked up by their mom and there will be……………
Just the two of us…
The time has come to realize that there is nothing I can do when your grown children have decided to move out of the country. I grew up with everyone (and I mean everyone) lived on the same block. Aunt and uncles and their families and grandma….all on the same block. But that was the time when everyone knew each other and watched out for each other. I remember going to the local grocery store and telling Mr. G. to put it on my grandmas bill.
And so this generation has other ideas. Do we blame it on technology, planes that take only a few hours to get us to where we want to go. I considered myself blessed when 4 of my 5 children lived in the same neighborhood. One went to live an hour away….but it still was a close and easy accessible area. And now I will have to accept them leaving NY to fly to another country, taking my two grandchildren. It’s good, a great job and I know they will be fine. But still I will miss them….although with technology – we will skype and manage to keep in touch….but its not the same.
Do you have children outside the US? How do you cope? Any ideas on how to keep in touch besides calls, texts etc.
family time…..a time to reflect … a time to be thankful … and a time to SHOP!
I sometimes think it would be great to forego all the shopping and just have family dinner for all – oh, wait – that just passed….It was called Thanksgiving. Presents were not necessary although some people brought dessert (homemade) and some brought fruit and wine. It was a time for happy smiles and talking and eating…way too much eating.
My favorite holiday and this year it went great. All the little ones running all over the place. Upstairs, downstairs and outside. A bit of football on the TV and in the street. Almost as good as our annual block party.
This morning I woke to aches and pains (you get those when you get older) but it was well worth it. Tomorrow I will clean because today was just a resting day – and some more eating.
I did go online to start my shopping (no standing in line) and ordered for the grandchildren first (easy buys – they want everything). The best part of running my business is the fact that I too offer Black Friday specials....and until tomorrow here are the deals you can get and what the new brochure looks like. Didnt make it to Black Friday at Avon? Guess what! Cyber Monday is coming – a new post for that one…meantime check out what Black Friday at Avon looks like – it expires tomorrow Nov. 25 at 11.59 pm….dont miss it….
I am one of those people you hate – I have always had clear skin. But many of my friends didnt and still dont….but Avon has an answer for that. One of my customers just bought 7 tubes….so it must be working.
Clearskin – people are raving about it….oil-absorbing mineral clay masks draws out pore-clogging dirt and oil like a magnet..
There are daily cleansers, astringents, overnight treatments, acne pads and scrubs. And now in this campaign you can get a dual-ended blackhead remover #free with any 2 purchases….Shop by online brochure and go directly to page 70-71 to see this offer….
Are you a bowler? Have you ever been. That was one sport (if you can call it a sport) that I loved and excelled in. I even belonged to a league. Now at the age of 70 I am more inclined to stay away (the knees arent what they used to be) but I still love to watch it….
So this weekend when I was invited to my grandson’s birthday at a bowling alley, I was excited to go. And I wasnt disappointed. The kids had a ball, and I loved watching them. Taking pictures of them, and the way they got into bowling was great. They also had arcade games there so the little ones who didnt want to bowl could be entertained.
And what better food than pizza, chicken fingers, and french fries……
I sit here at my computer, after watching a show; then reading a few chapters of an amazing book and watching hubby sleep. It is two o’clock in the afternoon when I write this and while the weather outside is not delightful – I find I cannot move. There is laundry to be done, housecleaning to be done but instead I sit here at my computer.
I am not playing games – I am not on FB – I am thinking. The stillness and quiet is deafening. While I do hear kids out front playing basketball – yes, my neighbor decided to put a basketball hoop in front of his house – and while he and his family are not around this weekend – I have the neighborhood children in front of my house. But that noise does not stop the thoughts in my head.
Hubby sleeps way too much. He says it is the medications he is on – way too many – but then he cannot sleep at night. I am afraid that my life will change soon – you see, I plan to retire in 41 days….and I dont want to end up on the couch with hubby.
So I must make a plan to start moving…..I know what I would like to do, what I must do – get up every morning even though I have no where to go – and get out of the house. I love being home, plan to read (my passion) plan to crochet (another passion) and of course having 9 grandkids will keep me busy too. But the time they are in school there is still an expanse of time to do what? I will have to convince hubby to do things with me because I will not stay home everyday…..