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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