Wednesday, February 24, 2010

so much like me it's scary

One morning recently I went in to wake up Erica before I left for work. “Erica,” I said. “It’s time to get up. I have to go to work, and your ride is going to be coming to get you soon. You need to get up. Do you have everything you need for school today?”

She sits up, stretching and yawning. “No,” she says.

“Well, what do you need?” I ask.

“That is just not nice,” she says. “Not nice at all.”

“What?? What are you talking about?” I ask.

“That is just not nice!” She’s shaking her head and looking around.

“What did I say that wasn’t nice? I said it’s time to get up, that your ride would be coming, and I asked you if you have everything you need.”

“Oh." She thinks for a minute. "That’s right,” she says. And she turns over and pulls her covers back up to her chin. The next minute, she's out like a light.

I did things like that to my dad SO many times.

Dad, now I understand that long-suffering look on your face. And all that time, I thought you were just coming in my room to bug me. I WAS kind of a jerk to you, wasn't I? And you were so patient with me. I'm so sorry! :(

Friday, February 19, 2010

a long lost friend

I had an experience this week that was like no other. I reconnected with an old friend over the internet, someone I knew from childhood--my best friend when I was young. Wow! And as we chatted back and forth over email, the memories started coming back slowly, and then faster and faster.

I was happy and sad by turn, happy because I could tell him how important our friendship had been, and sad because I feel we've missed so much in between. We both moved away from my hometown, and it's been 35 years since we talked. There's so much we don't know about each other, now--the things he's been through, the things I've been much to say.

And the little things we remembered--stuff about each others' houses, about the things we did together, and how much fun we's like finding something valuable you didn't even know was gone. It's like a piece of a puzzle going into place, like a piece of me was missing, and now it's back in its rightful spot.

Cheers to you, Mike, and here's to many years of staying in touch, now!

I absolutely love the internet!! What a great way to go into a weekend.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

winter wonderland

The last few nights have been extremely foggy here, which makes for some interesting pictures. If I had been up at 6:30 this morning, I would have gotten the beautiful pink sky behind the fog, which takes my breath away every morning when I'm driving to work. However, I slept in today, so you got the middle of the day shots.

Do you feel deprived? You should.

I'm disappointed in myself, but not enough to get up early. I'm so not a morning person.

And if you look carefully, you can see the chickadee on the left side of the trunk. He was flirting, playing hide-and-seek with me.