Wordy Wednesday – Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow…
Saying goodbye to family is never easy and when Dan’s girls left yesterday to go back home to Boston, it left us with a swell of emotions. We were so blessed to have had their company, but we also lost a dear friend to cancer several days prior to their arrival, causing the visit to be bittersweet. We did our best to celebrate his memory and live in the moment, and rather say “goodbye” as they boarded the plane, we called it “we’ll see you soon.” But, no matter the words, we will miss them terribly and it only goes to serve the lesson once again how fragile life is and that you really need to embrace every precious minute you have with those you love when you can.
Even the cats sensed our sadness and despite the momentary inconvenience they felt when the girls converged upon us, they actually enjoy their company as much as we do. Especially all the closed doors that magically open to guest bedroom worlds unknown, suitcases to rummage in, and unlimited DaBird play time with humans that don’t tire as easily as Dan and I do.
We did not do much of anything other than the therapeutic strength gained from being around people you love so dearly. My Mom who lives nearby dropped by frequently, as well as my oldest son, Chris, who has bestowed Dan and I with our first grandchild. A grandchild named Rick who happens to have four legs, fur, barks, and is a dog. This, of course, was met with mixed reaction. Us humans had a blast with Rick and the inherent energy a dog brings. The cats, well, let’s just say that Kizmet was the sole brave cat who was thoroughly intrigued, fascinated, and not the least bit intimidated by him when we let him in the house from his day of hanging out in the back yard with us.
Rick was equally intrigued and I am certain that given another day or so, they would have become best friends. Zee, on the other hand, had the misfortune of discovering him by accident and it surprised him so severely that he literally tried to climb up the wall to the ceiling. As a result of that, we have one less knick knack on the counter, as it crashed to the floor in a loud and impressive spray of ceramic glass that we had to clean up before any paws got hurt. Hard to believe we actually had a dog in the family for a couple years of Zee’s life based on his reaction.Everyone is fine now and it will make for a great story to tell time and time again over the years…
Right now I am doing what I like to do to keep distracted – I am my computer with Peanut on my lap as I type. The other cats are back to wherever it is they nap during the day. Dan and I are trying to hit the mental reset button to keep motivated with the understanding that we will hopefully be seeing them again at Christmas. I’m thinking maybe by then, Zee will be okay with Rick and peace can once again reign in our household!
Happy Wordy Wednesday all and if you did not get a chance to read the interview I did on Saturday with Toni Nicholson of RCTees, please click here. Not only will you get a smile or two out of the interview, but there is still time to enter a comment with a chance to win a cool RCTee shirt of your own! The giveaway is open worldwide and will remain open until Thursday, August 15th, PST, and the winner will be announced on Saturday, August 17th.
A special thank you shout out to my dear step daughters, Jackie and Crystal. Were it not for all of your love and support, I don’t know how we would have gotten through the past few days. Your Dad and I love you both so much and are so proud of both of you. And an extra special thank you to Jackie for sharing her talents with all of us – the pictures you see of Rick were taken by her. Jackie is only 14 years old and is already showing signs of being a brilliantly talented photographer like her dad.