Missing you is something that comes in waves. And this morning, I am just drowning.
We traveled around the world for many years and played golf everywhere we could. Below, we were in Kauai, the garden island. I remember it was hot and Sue was cool. (She was always cool) Eighteen holes and she was herself, right down the middle of the fairway, in the cup. She would turn around, and I was still in the bushes looking for my ball!
I was reading my e-mail and all of a sudden I heard a clunking sound. The back door was opening and I heard one of our trash cans being rolled around the back. My dear daughter Colleen decided she had better go through the refrigerator so I would not poison myself. She tossed out all the out of dated stuff and then proceeded to put the expiration dates in big black numbers on everything in the refrigerator. I was afraid to go into the kitchen for fear she would mark me! How thoughtful she has become! Wow!
The iPhone sprung to life, belched out a couple of tones, and I knew it was Dr. Bob Z. The first question, “Did you go for your walk?” Feeling guilty, I immediately located my walking clothes. They are easy to find consisting of sequined spandex speedo tights, size 44 girdle adjusting it so my chest would pop out (but just short of my eyes bulging out), and of course my Australian Outback hat. The iPhone was pressed into service playing me The Statler Brothers while keeping track of where I have been on the pedometer.
I put on my sweatshirt Sue have me for walking and noticed the printing on the shirt. “If found, return to….”. Well, I never noticed the address was not ours! She was so clever that way!
As I took my first few steps, I got another of many notifications via the iPhone and George Lee sent a note via Facebook. I pretty much lost it. George, Sue, Robin, and I have been friends for 20+ years! Robin reminded me that I got George a “Silver Snoopy” for his great work on the Shuttle Program!
My trip today was a mile, and tomorrow I’m going for a mile and a half leaving as soon as I get my butt out of bed and a cup of coffee down the hatch. Early is right for me; get the heart started!
Becca and Zack called and wanted to go to lunch to see me and say bye to Colleen, who is flying home tonight. We went to TGIFriday at Knott’s Berry Farm. Robin joined us there at 12:30 PM.
Silly Lilly was excited to see Great Aunt Colleen, Great Aunt Robin, and Great Grandpa! She proceeded to show us how to east spaghetti by hand.
I had to tell Zack how he almost got the police called on him, and we had a good laugh about that! Yesterday morning he verified our security system works!
Grandma Sue was a topic of conversation, and Robin reminded us that the only other man Sue had danced with was her husband, Bob. Robin and Bob had taken ChaCha lessons, and Bob was so proud. Sue told him to get up and show off his new-found steps. Off they went. It’s been many many moon’s ago, and Robin and I just stared at each other in amazement!.
Remember, after the back surgery, she was left with a back that fused too early and was unstable without a cane or me to assist her. The only way to fix the problem was to operate, break her back on purpose, realign the bones, and spend a year in recovery. She did not trust anyone but me to assist her except for getting assistance in the ladies’ room.
Perhaps the trust in Bob came from the cruise we took together on the Queen Mary. That was quite a trip we talked about for years!
After lunch, Collen and Robin returned home with me, and we chattered all afternoon. The girls are making plans for the Celebration of Life, which is coming very early next month. We have people who want to speak, a band to select (we do not plan any dancing but just soft background music to remember the music she so loved), we have two singers, and several poets who have things to say.
Robin headed for home at 5:30 PM, and I decided to lay down as I am dropping Colleen at the airport at 8:00 PM.
The trip to the airport went just fine, but I could have done without the rain!
Back home, empty house for the first time. Lots of memories!