Thursday, and Thankful!

Now I’m officially back in business, and communicating in all the many ways we do now. I had an interesting discussion with granddaughter Addison yesterday. She was at a Student Council Information meeting for a couple hours; the Babe dropped her off and I picked her up when she was finished. We talked about how we rely on our phones for so much, and how our lives are impacted by them. It’s been a lesson to be without the convenience of instant communication.

I fell off the daily habit of posting on Twitter and Instagram. I was fortunate to be able to keep up the Facebook Author page. Now, I need to get back to the rest of it. We also talked about high school. I told her Friday is my 50 + 1 Class Reunion and I would get to see people I haven’t seen in years. People I met at 14, just like her. She smiled her beautiful smile, and told me how cool that was. I told her it goes so fast, before you know it, you’re attending the reunions. I told her to think of me when she attends her 50th reunion. I know she will.

She has the heart of an old soul, and I pray the world treats her well. Her world is about to expand more than she can imagine right now. I know she’l have her heart broken a time or two; we all do. I know she’ll stand up for herself. She’ll stand up for people being bullied; she does that now. She can do many, many things I could not do at her age. I didn’t know how. She has a terrific sense of humor; she gets that from her Mom and Dad. Her dimples are as deep as the Babe’s are; so are her Mama’s. Can’t deny those genes!

Our grandson Joell had a stellar summer with his competition swimming. He is an excellent swimmer! Made it all the way up the ladder to Divisionals in Maryland. He has really grown a lot, taller than his Mama now. His voice is at that stage where it breaks up and is changing rapidly. He’s six months younger than Addison, so he’s in the eighth grade this year. He’s traveled more miles in his lifetime than the Babe and I have. He’s been exposed to so many cultures and countries! They travel a lot with his dad’s job, and spent a couple weeks backpacking in Europe. What great experiences for a young man to be part of. I hope the world treats him well; he has an old soul, too. Very kind. We’re proud beyond words of all of the kids.

I took the header photo a few weeks ago. The lovely ornament is a Hallmark specialty one from my dear mom. Along the middle of the Quill Pen is “Writing another beautiful chapter.” It was such a nice thing for her to do. She used to work at a Hallmark store, and has purchased many of their collectible ornaments. Mine will go on the Christmas tree, and I’ll hang it from my floor lamp in my studio office. It’s too pretty not to look at on a regular basis. Thanks, Mom.

As I move closer to tomorrow night, I’m recalling what girls I knew at school. A group of seven of us hung around together. Sometimes your friendships were built on a common lunch module (each module was only 20 minutes. Try getting into line after going to your locker, the restroom, and bookstore if you needed something from there. It was ridiculous to do that to us. I remember many times waiting in line and the bell would ring, I’d have a class right away. Three minutes in between. We were always on the run.

What are your memories of high school? I thought it would be different than it was in some ways. They were good times and bad times, all rolled together. And life continues to be the same. Oh to be as wise then as we all are now. These six other women I knew as girls helped shape me in some ways, and I helped shape them. I hope we have a great time, and all have long and happy lives into old age. We’re not there yet! Share you memories in the comments, please.

Have a beautiful afternoon. I hope you help someone today. It will make all of us be kinder and gentler. The world needs it, and so do we. See you tomorrow.

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