When you live many hours away from your nearest family members, occasions (and pictures) like this are extra special. (This is Steve and Summer having morning coffee with my brother Tim, who was visiting with his family from Minneapolis.)
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On this day after Thanksgiving, I am especially thankful for one particular recent memory.
Last Monday, we had gone sightseeing with my visiting family members and had quite accidentally timed our arrival at the Bodie Island Lighthouse to coincide with the advent of the golden hour.
Well, we are entering That Year.
You know, The Year when your child is in the twelfth grade and suddenly, out of the blue, there are all sorts of terms being flung about, like FAFSA forms, and scholarship applications, and SATs, and graduation pictures.
And you realize all over again (as if you could ever forget) that time doesn’t just march on—no, it sprints and gallops and flings itself forward at warp speed and a baby who was once pink and wrinkly and wobbly turns into this.
I had just turned off the ignition and was leaning back in the driver’s seat waiting for Sarah to arrive when a furtive moment on the passenger side caught my eye.
I glanced over. And froze.
Today, Nathan turns twenty-four.
I realize that when a son becomes an adult, you don’t make as big a deal over his birthday as you did when he was just a little fella. But I’m feeling extra sentimental today since this is Nathan’s last birthday before his own child is born—a birthday marking the end of one precious era and the beginning of another.
Note: Just wanted to update you on my brother-in-law, Randy, who had a heart attack a week ago. He went into surgery shortly after getting to the emergency room and had a stent placed; he was sent home the next day. His doctor told him to take at least a week off from work but his wife Debbie (my little sister), told him he is supposed to take TWO weeks off. He is listening to his wife!
Here’s a note for you from Debbie: Randy and I would like to extend our heart-felt thanks to all of the wonderful Smithellaneous readers who so kindly let us know you were praying for us after Randy’s recent heart attack. We were amazed that even though you only know as extended family of Becky’s, you took the time to express care and concern–Cindy from Sonoma, CA even sent a card! That’s the kind of stuff that makes the world a better place. Your thoughtfulness means so much–thank you! Randy & Deb Mantik
Today’s blog will cover a variety of subjects since I have a few miscellaneous things to cover that don’t fit into any particular post.
Thanks to everyone the kind words for Sarah on her birthday. It meant a lot to her . . . and to us!
So what did Sarah request we do for her 18th birthday? She asked to be taken to the nearest Barnes and Noble (almost two hours away) to spend some gift cards she had saved up.
Yesterday Steve and I attended the wedding of a friend’s daughter.
It was right on the water . . .
Okay. So I thought I would be fine.
I thought that I could read through this archived account of Snowy’s last day with just a fond smile and a small tear or two. After all, I have Summer lying here beside me in the chair and she has brought me such great joy and comfort over this past year.