For the first 50 years of my life, my perfectionist self mistakenly believed it was all about knowing more, getting it right, planning, attempting to prevent bad things from happening, and keeping all of my chicks in a row. It took me this long to discover that the JOURNEY is all that matters. This quote from Gilda Radner sums it all up:

"I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Funny Girl

Skype is an amazing thing!  If you have ever chatted online with a loved one away from home, I'm sure you would agree.  It's the next best thing to being there.  

Tonight, Annie and I and Kerry's friend, Jojo, had dinner together.  After dinner, we skyped with Kerry for over an hour.  It was just like she was sitting at the table with us.

From the time Kerry was an infant, she has always had a very expressive face. As we were chatting, I was taking pictures of my funny girl.

It's soooo much better than just talking on the phone, isn't it?


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Young At Heart

 THIRTY SEVEN YEARS AGO these men were part of a team.  They were boys who loved the game of baseball.  They were the Hazardville Senior Little League State Champions.  They went on to play for the New England title and placed 2nd after losing
2-1 to Maine.  I am proud to say that my husband, Vance, was a part of that team. 
The red jack in the picture is the 37 year old jacket that given to the boys after their State Championship win.  Vance still has his jacket too.
It was a long time ago, but they were not forgotten. Tonight these boys/men were inducted into the  
Enfield Athletic Hall of Fame!

Vance is in the front row, far right.  
Vance is wearing a face mask to protect his mouth after getting his front tooth knocked out in an earlier game.
Vance (far right)
The newspaper said "We won't forget" and it was true.

 Some were balding. Some were grey. A few were deceased or unable to come to the ceremony for health reasons.  Their wives and children came in their place. 

At first glance, they did not look much like the young boys from 37 years ago, but as I watched them hug and reminisce about the past, the years seemed to melt away.  I could almost picture in my mind the young boys they once were.

Each of them received an engraved plaque  and became 
official members of the 
Enfield Athletic Hall of Fame!

Vance's mother, Alice, and cousin, Kathy were there to celebrate this great honor with Vance and me.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Ready, or Not!

Ready, or not!  As August came to a close, our house was chaotic getting ready for the new school year to begin. 

Adam, a college sophomore, was excited to get back to Middlebury College.  Back to his friends, stimulating teachers and classes, yummy food, and beautiful Middlebury, VT. 

Annie, a sophomore in high school, was finishing her summer reading, memorizing ions, composing an essay, and planning her outfit for the first day of school.

Kerry, on the other hand, was sleeping.  When she wasn't sleeping, she was working,  saying farewell to friends as they headed off to college, and trying to pack for her first year of college.  I could tell she was nervous, and I could totally understand because of my three kids, she is the lucky one who inherited my innate shyness.

 After a tearful good-bye to her friend, Jojo, the entire family drove to Burlington in two very full cars.  Kerry didn't feel like eating breakfast and had a sore throat, and she slept during the ride.

We arrived at UVM and a big group of people with green shirts helped carry her things to her room.

Kerry's room mate, Emily, was waiting to meet her. Then she left to allow us to figure out how to fit all of Kerry's things into her side of the double room! 

Kerry wanted a lofted bed, but we lofted it a bit too much!  It got lowered so she could sit up in bed without having her head hit the ceiling!

So we got her somewhat unpacked and left for the Hilton in downtown Burlington as Kerry headed off to a mandatory meeting of the Honor's College.

We had an early dinner and hung out in beautiful downtown Burlington.

 As usual, it had it's share of interesting personalities!

And Cows!
 With lots of reminders of what a great college town it is!

 We had a nice evening watching the sunset over Lake Champlain by the waterfront.
We picked up Kerry to have breakfast with her on Sunday morning before we left to go home, and she didn't look very good.  Her throat was even more sore, she had a headache, her neck hurt, and she was exhausted.  I could not leave without taking her to see a doctor, so Vance and I found a walk-in clinic in Winooski. Three hours later, it was confirmed that she has mono!

After so many years of taking care of her when she was sick,  it was sooooo hard to leave her alone in another state to face her illness and so many new "firsts" in her life without me. 

I know how difficult it will be for Kerry, but I also know that these mountains she has to climb alone will make her into a strong, confident individual.  And I know that each small victory will make her proud of herself.

I know all these things, because I REMEMBER.