Life can be so hard sometimes. Like yesterday when I picked up my little anniversary gift for my husband. It is a CD with our wedding on it. My granddaughter watched it and said, “Hey grandma you look like a teenager.” I had to laugh as I told her I was a teenager. I was only nineteen. My head was swimming with the past memories of the wedding and what attracted me to my husband and Romance filled my head. Later that night, Jimmy came home from work, and I was in bed watching TV, so he brought up his dinner to spend a little time with me before I had to finally close my eyes to sleep. We work opposite hours and the house is full of kids, so it is very hard to have time by ourselves. Yet I wouldn’t have it any other way. Well I had trouble sleeping and went to the computer room where he was working on his book. He actually has an agent who wants to see it so; he was putting the finishing touches on it. I fell asleep on the chair and something woke me up and well I will just say he was on not on his book anymore and my feelings were hurt.
It is amazing how when something bothers you, it stays on your mind and in your head. I could not sleep last night and got up early for work, tried to sleep in the car, and still don’t feel tired. Sometimes it is good to not say what you are thinking. My mind went crazy with ugly thoughts of things to say to him, but in the long run, I kept quite. I finally texted him and told him I still love him. I can’t imagine my life without him, and if that means he is going to hurt me sometimes, I guess it is what it is. Well on with my story.
Jenny was gone now and we weren’t sure where she was at any certain time yet. Jessica decided to go to school at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Adias was my little girl again. We took drives to Hollywood, California to help Jessica find an apartment. This was first for us to go to California. It was so cool to see the Hollywood sign, and Rodeo Blvd. We checked out the hand and feet prints of some of our favorite stars, and Gina had her picture taken with Elvis.
But the best thing that happened was we were invited to a baseball game, where we got to talk to Jennifer and Jose over some kind of a tele-screen. Adias was so happy to see her mom and my heart jumped knowing that so far she was alright.
That summer Erik and Betsy moved to Phoenix and moved in with us. Kristina came down for the summer with her children and I think that is when we started the tradition of her coming down every summer. It is so great to see my grandkids for a few weeks at a time. Since Kristina is a school teacher and has the summers off our routine is for me to fly down the end of May or first of June and drive back with her and the kids. Then she stays for maybe four to six weeks before I drive back with her and fly back home. I do want to know my grandkids and I am so grateful that she shares them with me. Erik turned 24 that summer and I was turning the big 50.
I celebrated fifty years of life by jumping out of an airplane. Really! My husband surprised me with that gift after hearing me ask to do this for so many years. But he really surprised me when he had paid for him to jump also. We got to the airport and Jimmy was under the impression that we were going to jump together. He was so disappointed to see that he was jumping first and I was jumping after he landed. I really enjoyed the jump, but my husband vowed to never do that again. He did look a little green afterwards. Lol
Than to my surprise Jennifer and Jose got to come home for a couple of weeks. This was the first time we really got to meet Jose, now her husband. While Jenny was back we had to bring Jessica to California with some of her belongings. We made arrangements to see Warner Brothers Studio and of course my kids saw the set from their favorite TV shows FRIENDS. All too soon it was teary good bye to Jenny and Jose as they left for their mission. It is scary to see your child dressed up in uniform, telling them good bye at the airport, not knowing if you will ever see them again.
Life does not stop and the holidays were coming around again with first Halloween and the tradition of carving pumpkins. I think this was the first time my new daughter in law, Betsy, experienced this with us and Adias actually carved her own pumpkin.
Life, love, romance it all has its time and place. We wish it could be like a story book and always be safe and secure. But even in Snow White or Sleeping Beauty, they had their ups and downs before true love showed up. Plus the writer never tells us what happens later in life to them. They just say happily ever after. I think that as long as the good outweighs the bad, it is happily ever after. Talk to you soon.
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a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and still believe in the power of love &