When someone dies, you don’t get over your grief by forgetting, you get through your grief by remembering. ~ Author unknown
The only thing more exciting to Sue than grandchildren were having great-grandchildren. She would talk about Lilly, Calhan, Logann, and Remington all the time. We would often go through our photo books and remember meeting Jonathan (our oldest grandson) and then being there for the birth of Zachary and Connor and getting to know Cassie and Jacqueline (not officially Jax). She, like me, would see pictures of the little girls and then marvel that twenty-plus years later, the kids have kids. She loved Charlie and Alex and felt sorry for poor Amy having to see her future in front of her with me, Joe, and Alex being so alike!
Sue will miss seeing the great-grandkids grow up, but life has a funny way of turning out OK if you stay positive. I miss her smile and warm, loving comments about our family. I miss you, sweetheart.
Sometimes when I do the daily diary, I get a little teary-eyed and feel like calling Diane to say hello, but Diane just retired, and I am sure I would get “shot” if I called at 6:30 AM. So, Colleen and sometimes Joe are the recipients of my “need a cheer up” call. This morning Colleen got the call, but it was not Colleen that answered. Sarah Liles, my grand-daughter-in-law, was at Colleen’s home trying the new pool table. We talked for quite a while.
I made a quick trip to Temecula to celebrate Lee’s birthday at one of the wineries. For the next four months, I am the youngster!
The wind was going strong, and keeping the candle lit was a chore. Finally, the waitress gave up, sang happy birthday, and we declared victory.
Returning home, I worked in the yard for a while, did some wash, and checked in with Colleen. Sometime before the weekend, I need about two hours to get whatever corn is usable into the freezer. The second batch of corn did not come out well; it could have been the weather.
Sue loved figs, so naturally, I attempted to make sure there was an ample supply of different types of figs. I have three including a variegated green fig, but their level of ripeness if challenging to tell!
We had fun in the garden, and during the middle of summer, I would always grow sunflowers and then boil the seeds in saltwater and bake them. They were never as good as the ones in the store, but they were homemade, so that was OK!
Remembering that pesky scale in the bathroom, I departed for a walk around 7:30 PM, and it got dark before I returned home. A call was placed to Joe, and we talked for a few minutes. Mary called, and we talked as I fought off spiders hanging from the trees over the sidewalk. We talked for a half-hour as she was preparing dinner.
So I get home, and a text message arrives!! From Colleen, it says, “What have you stopped!”. (She watches me during the walks to make sure a) I am safe, and b) I do not dilly-dally! I replied, “Because the old man is tired of battling spiders and other creatures of the night… I am going inside where it is safe!”
Now I am ready for a rest and a little TV, and I shall be prepared for tomorrow.