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If we were having coffee this morning, I would ask if I could interest you in a fresh fruit smoothie. It’s kind of late and if you’ve had your caffeine for the day, you might want to try one. My daughter brought me lots of berries and I have some bananas so there’s a lot to go around. This (very late) morning I’m having a blackberry and banana smoothie. It’s quite delicious.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am doing better this week. I’m physically better and perhaps emotionally, too. I’ve been taking it easy, mostly. I did have the boys over here for a couple of hours on Wednesday night while their dad ran an errand. Anderson is 5 and he’s great; no trouble at all. However, Spencer is only 2 and he is into absolutely everything and has no fear so he ends up climbing where he shouldn’t. So after less than two hours, I was exhausted.
If we were having coffee, I would have to share my “super sweet Anderson moment” from last Tuesday. His mom was not feeling well so I drove him to preschool then picked him up after it was over. When I picked him up, he asked if he could go to McDonald’s and get chicken nuggets. I agreed as it had been a while (since last March) since I had taken him any place, just the two of us. He chose which McDonalds he wanted to go to (we have five in the area that we visit) then he said he wanted to go in and eat, not drive through. So we did. He asked if he could have the meal this time, “with the box and apples and juice and fries and chicken nuggets”. We usually just get the big box of 20 and take them home but I said he could get the kids’ box meal this time and I also got the big box so they could have it later at home. As I sat waiting for him to eat, I saw him eating french fries and apples but no chicken nuggets. Then he gathered up all four of his chicken nuggets in his hand and asked, “Nana can I please have more chicken nuggets?” I said that he already had some in his hand. He answered, with the most innocent look in his eyes, “but I can’t eat them, they’re for my brother.” That melted my heart. He was saving his food for his little brother! I told him we had more nuggets so he could eat his and there would still be a lot for Spencer and I showed him the box inside the bag that were taking home. That made him feel better and it made me so happy and so proud that have a grandson that is so thoughtful and loving with his little brother.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that while I am feeling better, I seem to not have as much energy or stamina as I used to. I know this will change as time goes by and I’m looking forward to being back to normal. I know I just have to be patient.
I would also tell you that my mother and my sister are working on a plan to have a memorial get together for my dad. I told my mom that I just didn’t feel right that he should leave this earth alone, without anyone marking his passing or his life. (The woman that he lived with for the past 20 years chose not to have any kind of service.) She agreed. And my sister told me about a friend of my dad’s, a much younger friend, that called her to ask about a service because he and his brother sing at parties and my dad had asked him to sing three specific songs for him when he died and he wants to fulfill that promise. So now they are making some plans. I will go down for it but I think it will need to be by plane and a short visit until I am stronger later this summer when I am supposed to take Anderson all the way down again, by car.
I finished a couple of books this week and am currently reading (just started) a book called The Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde. I’ve read four or five of her books (including Pay It Forward) and have enjoyed them all. And after that, I think I will be reading a couple of cozy mysteries because they are short and light.
What about you? Any outings coming up? If you’re in the U.S., do you have plans for this holiday weekend? If so, I hope your weather will behave itself. Have you read anything interesting this week? I want to go see Tomorrowland and might take myself tomorrow. Have you seen it yet? Are you catching a movie this weekend? What do YOU have to share?
Well, that’s it for today. I am going to go stay with Spencer in a couple of hours while he naps and his dad takes Anderson to a pool party for a little while. I need to do some things here before I get ready to go so thank you for stopping by. Please let me know what you are up to!