Wow, another quick week… Is time speeding up or is it just me? Okay, I know Einstein proved that the closer a person comes to the speed of Light, the slower time goes…my lollygagging and sauntering is pretty far from 186,000 miles per second, so maybe I Am speeding up time… (sorry if I just offended you with some science; you don’t actually have to believe it to make it so)
Monday I hung out with Samantha while her big sis went to the allergy doctor. Olivia has a peanut allergy and freaks out every year when she has her blood drawn. Happily, this year they didn’t test her, so she came over and played with us for a while afterward, too, though I’ve only got the pics of S, dancing…
Tuesday was Dentist Day. I really love my new dentist, not just because everybody in the office is super, but mostly because they let me pick a prize from a big suitcase every time I visit! I got a candle this time!
Wednesday was Super Special. I drove over to Southern Illinois, site of my illustrious beginnings, because my dear friend Kathy was in Carmi, staying at her sisters’. First, however, I stopped off 15 miles up the road in Grayville to visit with Uncle Jr, who is doing great at the Home over there. Jimmy had finally brought over some pictures and we talked about his Mom and Dad (my grandma and grandpa Eaton) and his brothers and sisters. I always greet him with “Hi, Uncle Junior! It’s me, Jo, Ruby’s girl” So far, he acts like he knows me, but he might think I’m my sister…that’s okay, too… I’m not sure I have this picture of Grandma and Grandpa, so I took a quick shot through the frame. When I go back, I’ll take tomatoes and do better…
I met Kathy back in August, 1971, as we moved into the dorms at Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing. The friendship that started then, deepened into a True Love for each other that has only grown over the years. Our outsides are not much alike, but if you saw our insides you’d think we were twins!! We had many adventures before Life moved us apart. I thank the Internet that I found her again (even her parents had moved) and we have managed to get together every year for, gee, about 10 years now!
Arriving in Carmi, I Finally got to meet Kathy’s oldest daughter, Devon, and her son, Olsen. I felt such Peace emanating from Devon, and as for Olsen—too, too cute, sweet, and darling.
Olsen Scott McClurken
Jo and Kathy Jo
Karen and Devon, ignoring me…
Her sisters, Judy, Karen, and Denise, were there, too, so it was real Family time. It was nice to see how Families stick together through thick and thin, supporting and encouraging each other. I was a little jealous… These women, far from perfect, have not even considered walking away, severing the relationship, or using a person’s mental status to judge and reject. Of course, close relationships go through times of strain and tension, but Sibling Bonds were designed to Last Forever. Yeah, I envy the Love that those Sisters Share, a bond that cannot be broken. Luckily for me, Kathy and I share that same Sister Bond.
Saturday was my daughter-in-law’s (Jess) birthday! My heart is full of love and respect for this young lady. Here’s to many more birthdays and un-birthdays for Jessica!
The main show, however, is the back porch… While I gallavanted around, speeding up and slowing down time, Casey was keeping a steady pace building my “greenhouse” walkway.
On August 5 Casey and I marked 40 years since our first date, and this week we’ll celebrate 38 years of wedded (or is it weeded) bliss. I’ll write something appropriately gooey for that. Till then…