Blog Awards. 2017

Thank you so much to the people who nominated me for these 2 awesome and humbling awards. I am healed by my writing and my blog. I appreciate the comments, views and words of encouragement I hear from people I … Continue reading Blog Awards. 2017

We missed you at Christmas

Dear Mike,

We had Christmas again, without you.  Not by choice mind you, it just has to be that way now.  We all miss you and wish you were here with us.  We miss your laugh and your way of telling stories.  We miss your body in the kitchen with your brother preparing the meal and the table – with all the relatives.  We miss you singing Grateful Dead songs, discussing current events and kissing us on top of our heads.

I missed the sudden shock on your face when you realized that Christmas was tomorrow and we needed to go out and get stuff.  One year we drove out east to buy a surfboard for a kid.  He wouldn’t need it for a few months but on Christmas Eve you decided that since he learned how to surf in California that past summer, it was a new sport he may want to engage in.  He loved that surfboard and it looked so awesome by the tree that Christmas morning.

Your tradition of taking me out on Christmas Eve began after a few too many kitchen appliances and such.  We decided a day out shopping and having lunch would guarantee a happy wife.  I wanted a new coat and you opted to get me a new Mac Book one year.  That was fun.  Lunch at the mall always followed, then dressing for church and out to dinner on Christmas Eve.


We kept the tradition of church and dinner on Christmas Eve this year.  Just the 3 of us. Tables in restaurants can be so cruel as there is always one seat that isn’t filled.

I couldn’t stay up to watch St. Patrick’s live midnight mass in New York City on T.V. like we always did.  The boys and I agreed on a movie we could all enjoy and so that is what we did.
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Nashville for One Night Only.

One of my goals besides engaging in travel adventures is to spend quality time with my kids. Since they have grown into fabulous young men who are not living with me most of the time, they are both away at school, I need to think creatively.

Gotta hang out with Mom on a road trip I decided! All those hours in the car. Oh, the conversations and memories we will make. I know. I get carried away with expectations sometimes, but you never know…

One of my sons goes to college in Mississippi. It is about a 22 hour drive back to New York depending if you hit traffic, or this week, snow. I decided to fly to Nashville, Tennessee and meet him. I would take turns driving home with him and visit the Country Music capital of America.

Maybe even listen to some music.

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