Fantastic Year

My New Grand-daughter Joava born 6-13 at 11 11 5 6 19 in2013 has been a year of ups and downs along with a better understanding of life and how to deal with all the drama and finally learn to let go.  This has been an eye-opener and stress reliever for my tortured soul as I have tried to please and change everyone I love.  Now, I have learned they have to change themselves and it is not my job but to love them in spite of what I don’t like.  I also found that pleasing myself is easy as I certainly put in enough years as a single parent raising and loving my three sons to have earned this reward.  In the middle of the year (June to be exact) a little bundle of joy appeared and Joava is her name.  She is the darling baby girl to my son Joe and his wife Chanipa and she makes number 10 for me as a grand-mother.  How wonderful this is as I have the privilege of hugging another new-born and young one.My other little sweetheart Mia that lives in Brooklyn has captured my heart and gives me such wonderful joy when we are on Skype.  By far she is the smartest cutest two and half-year old.  We had so much fun the five days I spent with her Thanksgiving week along with my son and other family members.

When I was very young I just wanted to be 18 so I could conquer the world and be my boss.  But love interfered and I married instead and so my conquering days were on hold,  Fast forward to 77 years of age with sons at fifty-five, fifty and forty plus years, and ” I am more than ready to say it has been a wonderful journey and I am grateful to have had the joy of motherhood.”   The love of my sons along with the respect could fill volumes and my heart overflows with gratitude.  My goal is to spend 2014 with friends at Yoga stretching and keeping our bodies flexible and strong along with peace of mind.

To spend more time with my sons and families and to just enjoy Life!

Happy New Year everyone near and far!

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Smiles and Tears

My Thanksgiving trip turned out to be the best in more ways than one.  First off my son picked me up at the airport and we headed back through the city to his home.  It was wonderful scenery for me seeing the tall buildings and Brooklyn Bridge being I am a former New Yorker.  There is something magical about New York City and I do miss its liveliness.  We stopped for a few groceries and then on to my hotel to check in and then off to Darrin’s home.   The cutest little girl with the prettiest smile greeted me from a distance and I knew Mia and I would be having some hugs later on.  Her Grand-mom Millie brought her some pretty little tops, coloring books and crayons that she welcomed with her little pudgy hands as she said thank you Grandma Millie.  Did my heart melt?  You bet!  We relaxed and caught up a little on my trip and the plans for the next few days.  My son and his wife Maria would be busy preparing the Thanksgiving feast with fresh apple pie, cranberry sauce, .Julienne carrots and a myriad of other goodies to go with the turkey dinner.

My four grown grand-children were coming along with my daughter-in law. two great grand-children and Desiree’s husband Brian.  Myself, Darrin Maria and Mia would be enjoying this wonderful day together.   It turned out to be a spectacular day with great weather for the travelers and so many hugs and kisses and awesome conversations and chit chats with our loved ones.  I tell you this Mom was so proud of her family and thankful for all that I had.  Life was good!

The next day being Friday my brother and his wife and my sister and husband joined us for a post holiday dinner at a wonderful Italian restaurant named Marco Polo.  I was once again a princess sipping my glass of Zinfandel and chatting with my family.  I didn’t realize how much I missed them and it brought happiness once again showing in my face with a glorious smile.  We had dessert back at Darrin’s home where little Mia charmed everyone with her cuteness.  She is so bright for her age and well-behaved and Grand-Mom loves her to pieces.  (I miss her now).   Another tearful good-bye for a while with plans to get together soon.  But we all know how that goes. ( It just doesn’t seem to happen as we age)  who can’t or won’t fly South but I can fly North.  Yet, it is okay as long as I can do it, I will!

Seeing my family all together is a present to me reliving each moment every day.

On Saturday we took a long drive out to the Island along with some Turkey leftovers for my sister and husband.   Gloria is under the doctor’s care with a serious condition and Darrin my thoughtful son wanted me to see her and he in turn wanted to visit his aunt and for Gloria to enjoy my grand-daughter Mia.  We had a lovely time and then headed home. Tomorrow I would be headed back to my home with my heart filled with happiness and my body tingling from all the love and kisses I received.  For sure this has been loads of smiles and a minimum of happy tears.

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