I figured I would be coming home to a blog post describing in detail how Donnie Wahlberg and all the New Kids on the Block members knocked my socks off on the cruise this year but that will have to wait just a little bit….stay tuned.
Instead I unfortunately came home to some unexpected news. The news that my grandfather had passed away. Yes if you do the math, I’m 37, my father is 62, therefore, my grandfather was getting up there in age and health, it was not something I had thought about lately. Which begs the question, what else am I forgetting to think about as life is too short to forget. Therefore this blog post is dedicated to all those things I feel I need to remember not only to work on more day to day but also to thank my grandfather for helping to bring my distant family back together again even for just a brief passing to celebrate his wonderful life and love he gave us throughout the years.
Here are a few Thank You’s to start it off:
To my mother, who calls me day after day to check on me, chit chat, and some times even give me some jewish guilt when I need it. You are my rock when I need it most. You are the friend I call when I need advise. I am glad to have the relationship we do. I love that you let your light shine so bright to lead a path for me to follow.
To my father, no amount of time or distance between us makes me love you any less. I know I will always be daddy little girl on the inside. As I have become my own adult, you have allowed me the space and freedom to wander. I wish our paths were closer to each other as adults as they were when I was a child. No matter the distance in miles or days, remember I will always be your daughter. Grandpa’s passing has reminded me that even though our daily lives are in different directions, we must make time for those who are farther away as they are the ones closest to our hearts.
To all my wonderful cousins – No matter how far you are both in distance and age, you are close in my heart. To a special shout out to my cousin Cindy, who constantly picks up the phone at random times again and again to reach out me while I continue to forget to to the same. You are always on my mind and in my heart.
To my AOII sisters – Thank you all for stepping in and picking up when I needed help the last few days, checking on me at just the right times, and even those who had no clue what was going on continuing to make me laugh as you always do because that was just what I needed. Sisterhood really is about forever. #ALAM
Leslie, Paty, Sylvia – Thank you for the best vacation a girl could ask for. 4 days of paradise with 3 amazing girls and all 3 of you continued to check up on me separately for the next few days. I know Leslie and I gained 2 great new friends on this year’s boat and we can’t wait to see you both again. BTW, how is YourNuts? LOL!
And finally, to my husband James – Without him, my life would be incomplete. He is my heart, soul, body and mind. He is my best friend (although I believe Gwen is his best friend). Although he did not make the trip to Los Angeles with me for the funeral, he is holding down the house and taking care of the the animals and work. I was only home for a total of 45 hours and he fed me every meal, helped me repack my bag, shuffle the mail around, download my brain, research, and anything and everything I asked of him. I truly believe his heart is crying from my heart crying the past few days. My life – and all the great it has in it – would not be possible without having James a part of it. #143