How often do we say we are going to get together with someone, and the years go by and it never seems to take place? Yes, we email, we Facebook, we text; and it’s not like we are out of reach, but we always seem to talk about doing something, and it never happens.
My “special event” for January is a simple event, but special to the two of us. My niece, my husband’s older sister’s daughter, a junior bridesmaid in my wedding, moved in 2012 from the Canton, Ohio area to Worthington, Ohio. She’s now about 15 minutes from my daughter’s home. I was deliriously happy with this move!
Several months ago hubby and I took The Perfect Grandchild over to their house to play with her youngest, who is almost four. That was the first time we had seen their house. We also spent a Christmas celebration there with her parents, their family and hubby and me. They have YET to get our way, although they attended the Wedding of the Decade. They have not seen our present home….yet. We absolutely must rectify that situation soon!
Kris is forty-seven, twelve years younger than I; and was half my age when I got married. She was (entirely too) young when she was married in 1986, but it seems like yesterday. She’s not supposed to be forty-seven. Of course, I am not supposed to be fifty-nine either.
|Kris as a twelve-year-old, braces and all.|
It has not always been easy to be close to them. She had four babies in rapid succession, the oldest being ten months younger than my baby. So now, we are both in the “launching” season of life. Her daughter has been married for almost three years! She has two more in college at OSU and one a home-schooled senior in high school. She has a daughter who just turned thirteen, a daughter who will be eight in the spring and the “baby” daughter who will be four in the spring. In December of 2007, she gave birth silently to a son.
Over the years we have visited, and our kids played together. We kept in touch regularly with the advent of email and Facebook. Now, we stand at another stage in life. We have done for others for years—it’s now time for us!
Since I haven’t lived in Columbus since 1975 and she just moved there, we put our heads together, and we ended up at a home décor warehouse. Even though she’s in a rental; as they await building their (we certainly hope) final home, we both were attracted by some things and made some purchases. Mostly, we made mental notes. We would return.
|My absolute favorite picture of Kris!|
She is such a hoot!
A Panera Bread was close by. Sorry, Wicked Amy, I treated myself to broccoli soup in a bread bowl; enough bread for three days! I will pay for this next week!
Kris and I just sat there for several hours, talking about things from our past, present work and family to our dreams for the next stage of life. If you are reading this, there’s a good chance we talked about you! It was so nice, just to talk, and not be interrupted by anyone! Her children are well-behaved and interrupt politely, but her home is not the place to really talk.
We shared our vision for growing older, hopefully living close enough to see each other often, and sharing grandchildren as time marches on. We both enjoy our books and music and share our love for God, and we just have so much in common. Most of the time, we are in agreement. When we are not, we sharpen each other's thinking.
It was such a delight to spend time with one of my favorite people, and we look forward to doing it again with regularity. It was my “special” time for January’s Turning 60 blog entry.
As always, January in Ohio, is "weather permitting." It was a beautiful day!
P.S. Her parents celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in two weeks. We will see one another SOON!