I Got You Babe

The month of May is a big one in my world. I have a lot to celebrate, and lots of cards to get.

Mid-month it’s Mother’s Day, of course. Always have to make sure that card gets out. Recently, however, I found out that something I thought I had to do for my Mom, I really did not.

I have no idea how it came to be, but for years I used to get my Mom a box of chocolate-covered cherries. I remember it started way back, when I was just a boy. I suspect that I must have been convinced by some advertising, or that I saw a huge display of them in a store. Either way, I bought my Mom a box.

Now, probably what happened was Mom said something about how nice and thoughtful I was to get her the chocolate-covered cherries.

Unfortunately, my Mom actually hated them.

Finally, after years of unknowingly torturing my Mom, I stopped buying chocolate-covered cherries, graduating to buying her a box of Russell Stover chocolates. I’m sure it was probably because I had a little more disposable income, or I thought a box of different types of chocolates was a better idea, or I saw some advertising somewhere.

Fortunately, my Mom reminds me every now and then that she doesn’t like cherries. Actually, she reminds me and my wife at the same time, thereby making sure that I don’t buy her any.

My wife, by the way, also doesn’t like cherries. This is a very good thing for me, as whenever we are out and getting an ice cream sundae or a shake, I get her cherry as well as my own.

My wife, of course, always gets a Mother’s Day card from me. It is also her birthday month, so there is another card.

Anniversary Roses
Anniversary Roses

It is also our Anniversary month.

How did we meet? Well, it was the summer of my sixteenth year.

I was trying to get my first real summer job, not to be confused with the small job I had the summer before, or the volunteer job I had done the summer before that.

I had spoken to the owner of a soda fountain in the community my family had a summer home in. It would be a long commute, all of two blocks, so transportation would not be a problem.

I was scheduled to come in one spring weekend to talk with the owner to find out if I had the job or not. The soda fountain usually opened for the weekend in the mid spring while they cleaned up and got ready for the summer crowd.

The day came, but the owner ended up having something else that he had to do, so he told the girl that was working that day that there was this boy coming in who was looking for a job. She was also told that if he looked good and she liked him to hire him.

She hired me. She also (unbeknownst to me at the time) made sure that we usually ended up working the same shifts at work that summer.

That started a friendship that continues to this day, and seven years later, we were married.

One of our favorite songs is “I Got You Babe”  by Sonny & Cher. Whenever it comes on the radio, we will sing along. We didn’t know it way back then, but the song certainly fits both our relationship, and our life, together.

Happy Anniversary, Babe!

Mother’s Day 2017

Happy Mother’s Day, 2017!

I truly hope you get to celebrate Mom, whether it is by visiting yours, or with family coming over to visit with you.

Around my world, Mother’s Day is very different this year.  Our eldest daughter is celebrating her first Mother’s Day this year.  Her daughter is just an absolute joy to be around, and I’m not just saying that because I’m a overly biased Grandpa.  Last month, she had her first big adventure, flying down to Florida to visit with her Daddy’s extended family.  Reports are that she charmed everyone on the flights.

We don’t get to see her as much as we would like, but we do see her quite a bit, and we truly cherish those times.  She is 8 and a half months old now, and already we wonder where the time has gone.

The walls and distance are too great to be able to see our other daughter and granddaughter.  Life will do that sometimes.  They say that Love Can Build a Bridge, and we hope that someday that bridge can be built, but until then we can only wait.  All I can do is continue to send my love to her and her daughter (and her father), and hope that they all know how much we love and miss them.

Then, we have a 9 year old running around our house.  As she navigates all the drama of Third Grade, as well as life in general, I truly wish I could fix it all.  But instead, all I can do is be her “Grampy” when she needs it most.

As for our Mom’s, my wife’s Mom passed away last month.  She had been in pain for a long time, but now her pain is gone and she is at peace.  While the family still mourns, we also continue to celebrate a life well lived.

My Mom got the news yesterday that her older brother had passed away that morning.  She had flown down to Texas last month to spend a week with him and his family, as cancer wreaked havoc on his body.  While his pain is now gone, the family is in mourning and adjusting.  Fortunately for my Mom, two of my siblings live next door to her, so she has that immediate support.  I am making plans to see her soon.

A lot has happened over the past year.  Much has changed in the Circle of Life, and that is as it should be.

I send out a huge “Thank You” to all Mom’s everywhere.  You are all loved.