Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Aren't We All Kids at Heart?

I truly hope you are all having a good summer. Relaxing, playing, and enjoying the fresh air and more carefree lifestyle. And maybe even catching up on reading those books you’ve set aside.

I have to tell you, I had a wonderful summer, all wrapped up in one week--last week. My daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Curtis, came down from Connecticut to stay with me for a week. Since my other daughter and son-in-law, Cyndi and Bill, live fifty minutes south of me, the road between here and Lillington got quite a workout.  The four of them love being together.

Curtis, Tammy, Cyndi, Bill

One morning we went to Raleigh to have breakfast at Big Ed’s with a bunch of family. There were ten of us and it was a great way to start the week.  One other day, the four kids and I (I say kids even though none of them will ever see fifty again, but they'll always be kids to me) drove down to Wilmington, NC, an hour plus drive south of Lillington. We had a delicious lunch at a restaurant called the Copper Penny. Unbeknownst to me, it turned out to be an early 75 birthday celebration for me, since the kids won’t be together in November. Then we walked along the boardwalk and read about the ships coming into Fear River (Cape Fear Basin) during the Civil War to get supplies. We had ice cream and enjoyed it like the kids we all are.

Then we dove a little farther south where we got out and enjoyed the white sand beach with the Atlantic Ocean rolling in wave after wave. The sky was blue, the water was blue, and white caps matched the white sand. Just a beautiful experience.

Then, back in the car and on to miniature golf. Since I play golf on my Wii a few times a week, there was no contest as to who the winner was. I showed those young whippersnappers a thing or two!

We didn’t get home until late, but it was a real fun day. It seemed like all week it was get up early and go to bed late and by the time Tammy and Curtis left, I was bushed. Plum worn out. Exhausted.

However, while they were still here, on Saturday Tammy came to my writers group with me, and Cyndi drove up from Lillington to be with me, too! I was so proud to have my daughters there and to have them both participate with something they’d written. It was certainly a dream come true. We memorialized the moment with our picture taken outside after the meeting.

I only cooked one meal all week; however, Cyndi cooked her little heart out all week keeping up with the horde that continually invaded her Lillington home.

For now I have a respite. Time to think, dream, write, and get ready for next week!  I’ll let you know more after the cruise!

Today’s Quote:  …wander hand in hand with love in summer’s wonderland.  Alfred Noyes.