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Hail Guest, we ask not what thou art.
If Friend, we greet thee, hand and heart.
If Stranger, such no longer be.
If Foe, our love will conquer thee.
-Old Welsh Door Verse

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I might be a little excited.


My brother and I go to Disneyland for the first time.
My parents took me to Disneyland for the first time in the first year it was open.
I was celebrating my fifth birthday.

I took my oldest to Disneyland when he was around 3.

This Saturday my mom, that son (and his wife), HIS son and I will be at Disneyland for my grandson's first visit.

Only for one day, and it's killing me not to be in charge.  Can't wait to share my lifetime love of this park with this wonderful little boy.

He LOVES music, to sing and to dance.  There may not be many rides in his day, but there will be LOTS of music.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Thirteen to go.

Gentle Men.

How I love these beautiful boys of mine.

One arrived from Japan on Wednesday of last week with his wife and son.  The other the next day.  They had not seen each other for four years.  The Uncle had never met his nephew.  I hope I never forget the looks on their faces when they all saw each other.

My youngest returns to Nashville tomorrow.  Just five days, after four years.  They've been peaceful days with leisurely breakfasts, trips to the park, time with the extended family and impromptu drum circles with drop-in friends.

Through it all, I've been so delighted with these gentle men I've raised.  Kind, thoughtful and patient.  My grandson is not quite three.  Bright and brave, he is willing to try just about anything new (although he wants support when he climbs high, just like his Grandma). Like his father (and Grandma and uncle) he appears already to be a human metronome, and already has extremely good, if not perfect, pitch.  He is affectionate and funny with just a touch of two-year-old temper that he wields rarely (probably because it is so ineffectual.)

I'm trying to focus on the many adventures coming up with the Japan family, who will be with us nearly a month.  I'm trying really hard not to allow visions of my goodbyes to intrude, but since one happens tomorrow - and I have no way of knowing when I will hold that child again - I am easily broken.  LAX tomorrow.  No predicting how long it will take me to get myself safely on the road up the coast again.

These happy times will do much to hold me.