I think I may have post-partum blues this week. It is the only excuse I can make up for laying around all day in my jammies reading. I got Elaine's pix of that Sweet Anna and those proud sibs yesterday and immediately felt old and well, just old. What a precious bunch, how happy you must be, Elaine. It has been forever since we sent out our kids' birth announcements; in fact we had to carve them onto the stone and hand deliver them by horse and buggy. Jeez.
Actually, I had 4 of my grandkids yesterday, which explains my laziness today. Shawn has the flu and I had her 3 and Nina did the Polar-Plunge for Special Olympics so Gavin was here, too. We had fun and everyone survived, but Papaw and I were happy to see the other grandparents show up around 8 last night. There is a reason God gives us children when we are young, we could not make it otherwise.
I have read more this winter than I have in years, wonder why? I love reading and can get lost in a good book for hours. Mom used to find me behind our couch or under the coffee table reading, thinking I was hidden from the world. Now I cannot get on the floor, of course and must read sitting.
I just read "Beautiful Boy" a father's story of his son's addiction to meth. It is something else. I have the son's story "Tweaked" to start soon, but I have to wait a bit and process this one. It is so close to our own experiences with our son 20 years ago that I could scarcely believe it. He was retelling our emotion and experience; the anxiety, the waiting and the lies were so similar; I felt as if I were experiencing it again. I'm going to encourage my family to read them. I think it will help them with their own children and with their memories of that time in our lives.
That blue is difficult to read, no? But it tied in with my "blue" mood. The book was the reason for the blues, I guess. It is difficult to think about those days.
I cannot wait til Saturday :-) I hope the weather cooperates and everyone makes it. I will need an address and directions, I haven't been up there since the 60s, honest!! That was approximately 15-25 years before you all were born, I know. I have no problem with the cost of the rooms, Jill, but this gas price is killing me. And it is my turn to drive to Gulf Shores this month. I may have to sell something to get down there. And we will have no snickering from you little ones with that thought, Kirstie and Anna. I know what you're thinking.
It is finally getting warmer, near 60 today. I keep checking for signs of green. It is supposed to rain for the next 2 days, but at least it isn't snow. How do you all cope with so much every year? We have an extra 3 days of school because of snow days already. A large portion of Orange county roads are still gravel and in poor condition, so it doesn't take much snow to shut us down.
How did all the sectionals turn out for you? We were in the finals last night and put in a good show but were defeated by Orleans. It was OK though, we had only won 4 games all season and everyone was so proud of the coach and team for being there last night, you would have thought we won. Small towns are sweet that way. Our young coach (asst. principal) has conducted himself well this winter. He has not slacked up on either job and it is obvious he loves them both. He is a nice young man and we work well together, I think. I respect him for his efforts.
Steve is home from a shooting match, Caleb calls them gun fights. I better go pretend to be cooking supper, you know, flick some flour on my face, tie on an apron, boil some water...whatever.
See everyone Saturday, have a safe week. Hedy