Happy Birthday Laura

It seems like only yesterday my family and I  were tossing around dates of when my first grandchild would enter the world.  I think the due date might have been April 6 or 7th and some of us teased about having an April 1 (April Fool’s) day delivery, but nature knew when that miraculous day would be.

And so on March 31 1982, Laura Jean my first grandchild entered the world.  Myself and my younger son Darrin were there to kiss the new parents and to see Laura in the nursery.

I recall my eyes filling with pride and joy as “I felt Laura Jean was the most beautiful of them all and today, she still is.”

Wow!  In a blink of an eye, she is all grown up.   That day 29 years ago “I became a Nana and Darrin became an Uncle at age 12.”

How special is that?

Happy Birthday Laura


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Just Hang On

I am still singing and humming the words of memorable songs that I heard on Saturday at the Straz Center in Tampa, Fl.   The show was The Jersey Boys and the music was that of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.  The performances were fantastic and hearing  one of my favorites “Bye Bye  Baby” had me teared up as the memories came rushing in.  It is kind of a shock when you think people and events of  your life are on a back burner and forgotten.  This not true I am finding out.

Nothing is permanently gone! Just filed away for recall.

Had I known it would be this good, I would have  bought two tickets and stayed for a second show.  It was a sell out crowd and it seemed every one loved it as much as I did.

The topper to this wonderful Saturday, was the retirement party of  my good friend and Trooper with the FHP.   Ken is a kind and warm human being and has never changed in spite of the hours and stress of the job.   He always  knew when he came into my office,  there would be goodies on my desk to share.   And he loved when I  had jelly beans and he especially liked when I made brownies for the office.   So thinking of what to bring to the party none other but Kenny’s favorites came to mind.

I prepared  two treats for Kenny,  a tray of brownies and a German Chocolate cake with Coconut Pecan frosting.  As for a gift, I found a plaque that related to his love of fishing, that now he can do whenever.  And, a neat frame to hold a future picture of his big catch.

The festivities were outside on a beautiful evening and it was wonderful to see former co-workers and some of their families, too.  I loved everything about this day and hope there are more in store.

I did do a lot of Smiling:)

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Happy Days

The week started off with a beautiful memorable show on Sunday featuring a Do-Wop group called ” The Saints.”   The group sang songs I danced to way back when I was a in-out in-love teenager happy and carefree.

I also recall a song made by Johnny Ace titled “Pledging My Love.”  It was a slow moving song and we learned to dance the Fish to it.    We hardly moved at all (back in those Bronx days) doing this dance.   I guess today it might be called risque but we were innocent kids back then and as I glanced around the audience,  I could see people from my generation reliving their times of being a teenager singing along.   Even a few were dancing in their seats and  a few in the aisles boogied.

Nostalgia is by far a trip to Memory Lane that usually follows by awesome dreams a few nights later, reliving our youth that doesn’t seem that long ago.

Yesterday,  I returned to my first grade class after a week off for Spring break .  I kept busy but I did miss them and I loved hearing their quick tidbits about how they spent their week.  Disney World was the most popular and then the beach and the zoo followed as the weather cooperated with no rain and spring like temperatures.  Just perfect for standing on lines without sweating and the water was just right for swimming.

Wednesday is Mentor Day with my student Sophia.  She will be celebrating her fifteenth birthday on Friday and we had spoke before the break about sharing a Subway meal.   I drove to the Subway shoppe picked up our lunch and headed for the school and signed at the office.  Sophia looked so happy and she loved the little organizer I had bought her to help keep her on track with her assignments.

We headed for the outside table and chairs to enjoy the nice breeze and sunny skies while we ate, and chatted about her goals and grades.  In my opinion, being a teenager today is a very challenging time with bullying, drug use and internet exposure to name a few deterrents compared to my generation.

Way back when (we were warned) of things that never happened or if they did,  it was a rare occurence or the media didn’t think it was worthy of writing about.  Today the lists of warnings are endless even for Seniors.

With this in mind,  I am hoping my mentoring Sophia will keep her motivated and on the road to continued success of not only as a good student with top grades but also a outstanding person to her family and community.  In order to keep her scholarship she has to maintain her grades and average.

I sometimes wish there had been someone in my lifetime to mentor me, but then again I did fine in spite of  it all.


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The Super Moon

Did you all get a chance to see this phenomenon last evening?  It seemed to have a smile and eyes and so close.  I almost felt if I were way tall and had an extension ladder, I could touch it.

According to the newscasters it has been almost twenty years since the last “Super Moon”, so  I am little  curious if this is the normal pattern and perhaps I will get another chance in my lifetime to view it.  Just think by then I will be 94 years young and still writing my blog!

Gee, that is an awesome wish on may part- but they say if you dream it ,  it will happen.

On that same positive note,  tomorrow brings the first day of Spring along with its nice temperatures and sunny skies.  And with just enough rain to start the flowers growing and the greening of the grass, this will be a great time for those of you who have suffered a cold snowy winter.  Enjoy.

Till the next time, have a great Monday and a fun week too.

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Twists to A New You

I am wondering if any of my readers have tried doing Yoga since I wrote about it last?  My reason is curiosity of how much you enjoyed the practice and if you are still taking classes.  My posture is awesome for a person of my years plus the bounce in my step has added vim and vitality to all of my joints and calmness to my mind.

If there is a Y near you or a fitness center take an introductory beginner’s yoga or gentle yoga class.  I can assure you will be on your way to a new younger- healthier you……Guaranteed.

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