Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Tomorrow is John's birthday party with his all his buddies. Though his birthday was last week, it was school vacation. John chose his birthday theme to be a "Marine" party, (U.S. Marine Corp). I had a lot of fun games picked out to play - all with a military theme. So much for having the boys run around in the back yard! I am not sure indoors is suitable, but what can we do?
I am pleasantly reminded that you can't order up the weather (though perhaps prayers will work). I should go rethink the party agenda. When plan A isn't an option, chose plan B! (that is If I had a plan B!)
Note to myself: There is a strong correlation between carni's and rain. NEVER plan an out door event for the week the carnival is in town!
Saturday, April 26, 2008
It's 6:45 pm, and the phone rings. It's John telling me he is a little late (do you think?) and he will be there soon. Oh well, I am still excited and can wait. Good things are worth waiting for, right?
It's 8:00 pm and still no John. Oh wait here goes the phone again. This time there was a small snafu and he's on his way. I am a little nervous (and a bit annoyed) by this time, but I will take his word for it. Fifteen minutes later, John arrives dawning roses. We are on our way.
He picked out the restaurant. I have never been there. It is a few towns away. We pull up. It looks nearly empty. Perhaps its because it is a week night? We go inside. It is a quaint place - a converted quarry mill. To my dismay they stopped seating patrons at 8:45. It is 8:55.
While I am sure P.J. was a bit embarrassed, I am still happy to be out with him on my birthday. Really the best part of that year, for me, is him. Though this may sound crazy, I never thought I would meet someone as special.
I thought of another restaurant near by that was still open, and we had a nice meal. Was it a nice meal or just wonderful company? I think the latter is more fitting. Regardless it was an awesome birthday even though it didn't start out the way we intended. His original plan was thwarted for reasons that I am still not aware. However, I now know that time easily gets away from him and procrastination is his middle name. Though now I can control it or at least try.
Fast forward thirteen years - yes 13! We are now married. We just celebrated my 14th birthday together. Though our plans did not work out 13 years ago, John had a plan this year. Thirteen years later, John took me back to that same restaurant. However, this year he was on time (or should I say, WE were on time!) We went back to that quaint restaurant. We had a wonderful time. So much as changed in thirteen years, yet so much is still the same. He was my special present 13 years ago and he still is!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I was running along the beach's walkway across from my house. Though it was a beautiful night, I just didn't want to run. My legs ached and my heart felt like it was beating out of my chest. When I reached my half-way point I felt like stopping. Maybe I would just walk. Then behind me I could hear a sweeping sound. Someone was catching up to me. She was going fast. She was then beside me. "You can do it. Keep going," she said. I did not know this girl. She was definitely younger than me. She was lean and visibly a runner. While I am sure she could have blown by me, she didn't. Rather she ran with me the whole way home. I did not walk. We ran. When I got to my starting point, she continued running. She must have known I needed a push. She was the inspiration which I needed. She must have known!
Monday, April 21, 2008
While I wasn't looking forward to waking so early, it turned out to be a fantastic day. Big and little John love history and you can't get any closer to history than events such as these. Where we live, history surrounds us. My home town is the birthplace of two American Patriots and Presidents. There is so much for me to see and learn, and I am happy that I can do this with my children.
Here are some pictures from our day. Let's just say that Matthew woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning!
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Her name is Joanie and she worked in the accounts payable office, across from the hospital finance department, where I worked. When I first met her, I was a recent college graduate who came to work on her floor. She is a retired U.S. Army Sergeant. While she has an abrasive demeanor, she is one of the kindest people I know. She retired a couple of years after I came to work there and it wasn’t until then that I really got to know her. She has been retired for over ten years now. During this time, our relationship has grown far beyond that of two coworkers. In this time, I have come to know her as a friend. She is like a friend, mother, and grandmother all rolled into one.
About a month after she retired, I decided to give her a telephone call to see how she was doing. I knew that she did not have any family – her husband has been deceased for over twenty years. Until this time, I only knew her in the work environment – we had never talked outside of work. One Friday night, I gave her a call. Since then, only few days have passed when we did not talk. Our friendship has flexed through the years. While before I had children, I had much more time. I would often visit her a few nights a week. Upon the births of my sons, my time has been more limited. All the while, I have always checked in with Joanie, and I take the boys to visit when we can. We talk almost daily. Joanie has become part of my family, and she has also formed relationships with my family members as well. She has not only “adopted” me as her granddaughter, she has done the same for my sisters too. Additionally, her and my mom became friends. Every few months my mom takes her to her doctor appointments in the city. We have been kind to her, and she has been kind to all of us.
While she is up in her years, I cherish the time we have. I look forward to our talks each day, and I look back on our conversations of the past. Though she never had children of her own, she exudes motherly instincts. She is insightful, loving, sensible, and thoughtful. Over the years she has given me valuable advice. She has been my crutch. She has always been someone in which I could confide. She listens – never judging. She however will speak her mind, when she feels necessary. Even when some days get crazy, I will call her at 11:00 pm just to say hi! She loves that. She is 84, but she’s current on the times. She’s a Red Sox fan and a Celtics fan. She always knows the scores. She is funny, but most of all, she has a heart of gold.
Last year when I started caring for Thomas, I told Joanie that I was nervous that I would not wake up in time to be ready for his arrival. She put me at ease and told me that she would give me a wake-up call. She has done just that every day since then. She is my alarm clock – ringing at 6:15 am each morning. I now realize this act is reciprocal. I am awakened on time (though I could really just set my alarm!) and it gives her a daily purpose. In the event that she does not call me, she is rest assured that I will call her to make sure that she’s okay. Though she has never actually said this to me, I know she is comforted by the thought of it. In fact, there have been a few days when she has not called and I have called her. I call it her “well being check,” and she chuckles.
I am so happy I gave her a call that Friday night. I can’t begin to imagine how much I may have missed had I not known her outside of work. I feel blessed that I have had Joanie as a friend. The biggest lesson I have learned from Joanie is one of which she is not aware. I learned to not judge someone on the surface. Many other people that know Joanie do not know her in the same way that I do. They may think of her as a grouchy old woman. I am fortunate to know her as so much more. I know her heart, and her heart has opened to me.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
While it is natural to want equality among the sexes, clearly a rational person can acknowledge that there are physical differences between males and females. Genderblind members feel that it is oppressive to deny students the right to live with members of the opposite sex. Unless evolution takes these differences away, they will always exist! Why then would you want to send your child off to college to share a room with a member of the opposite sex? Supporters of this issue say students are going to have sex anyway so why not allow them to live together. This is just wrong. If this argument is used then why not let children drink alcohol, because they will eventually drink it someday! These notions are absurd - just plain stupid!
While this is not the norm at this present time, it is scary to think that it has already gained some acceptance from institutions of higher learner. It is idiotic at best. Check out this article for a further explanation. Is it not the left wing trying to gain support from young people? Why not promote an issue that directly involves them? It's scary, I say.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
To a beautiful woman!
From a few of the guys....
And of course, your favorite man (Einstein, sorry I didn't get one of you =)
And one from a princess, who likes her cake!
And who thinks she's a model too!
And this one likes ice cream, and so don't you!
And how could we forget this quiet little guy who by next year will be eating cake and ice cream too!
Happy Birthday from "the gang"!
They love you more than you will ever know!!!
Here's to Murry turning 28, may this be another Blessed year!