Since this weekend, from Good Friday until Easter I will be without
a computer, I thought I would post a summary of my fun plans!
I am going to be working a six hour day on Friday, darn it!
Then, I will be picking up my grandsons, Micah and Skyler with their
Mommy who is turning 33 on Friday! Wow, have the years flown by!
We will be singing and playing a game called, “My father owns a grocery
store and in it he sells… (then you say an initial or two, like “R.K” which
then the others in the car guess questions, like “Is it a cereal?” “Yes!”
“Is it Rice Krispies?” “Yes!”) This can all go awry when my sweet, creative
Art School graduate cannot spell! She one time when she was in elementary
school had us guessing (her little sister, little brother and I) for a fifteen
minute dragged out long time! She had said it started with “G” and guess
what it was? Jello! I am not kidding, poor thing! (We asked have you not
heard the t.v. ads that say and spell out, “J E L L O?”) Another time she
had us for a long time with the letter “P” and we knew it was not an edible
item at the supermarket but guess what that was? “Pansies!” Wow! Guess
it could have been much worse, with “panties!”
Another all time favorite car game is “I Spy.” The object has to be one that
everyone can see and won’t be leaving before it is guessed. This is a challenge
to the little ones because they want to say, “I spy something red…” and the red
barn can be miles behind before it is guessed or the red car can have turned off
at the next exit.
We will be singing a lot of silly songs that Nana used in her preschool
classroom, some more common than others. My boys’ favorite is, “I had
a little turtle…” and my girls’ favorite right now is “Five little monkeys.”
I have one that is a Valentine’s Day one, a watermelon one, holiday food
items one,….the kids will ask for random choices. The time seems to fly
by and they also teach me their own made up songs.
Once we get half way to Cleveland, it is pit stop and snacks time. For the
adults it is “coffee or cappuccino from a machine time!” We cannot seem
to travel down the road too far without those necessary things to consume!
We will be arriving after my mother’s dinner time at the senior living apt.
and we will take my stuff upstairs. We may stop and drop the three of theirs
over at my brother and sister in law’s house across the street. We will be
hugging them, their big dogs, a Newfoundland and a Golden Retriever,
along with one of my mother’s dogs who did not make the “grade” to stay
at the home. This is a wild dachshund and beagle mix, she is very hyper and
yet, sweet and cute. She gets away with “murder” I tell you! We will be saying
“howdy” to the other great uncle to the kids who lives there as Artist in
Residence! He is about the best artist I have ever met and has done some
major works and sells a lot of sculptures, murals (done on family room or
other room walls, along with the ceiling in Magic Johnson’s theatre in
Harlem and the Luxor Hotel’s hieroglyphics and Egyptian designs…) and
yet, loves being there with family.
Next stop, MOM’s or Great Grammie O’s home at her apartment. If you have
not read my hysterical stories, one about the flies attacking or the one about
Sofia Vergara, please go back in my archives and laugh over these! My Mom
is a hoot and a half! Character and fun is all about our visits.
We will eat lots of sugar, in form of candy, cookies or cakes she squirrels away
from her dining room. She also buys a bags of chocolate candy and makes up
baggies of these to give the servers and workers weekly in the building. She found
out she is not allowed to “tip” so this is her way of giving back. My grandsons
will ask if they can have ice cream or yogurt, too. She is fully stocked and loaded!
We will hope for great weather like at Thanksgiving where we went to the
Cleveland Zoo. Or last year over another holiday we car pooled one town
to our “home town” where there is the Lake Erie to look out at. This is at
Huntington Beach. We have taken the grandchildren to the Nature Center in
Huntington Park, also.
This weekend, we will be going to a wonderful park close by and the dogs will
come, too. Lots of playground equipment and paths to go on. The boys rolled down
somewhat soggy, grassy hills last year and came back to the house with their wet
“Who started this rolling down the hill?” my daughter firmly inquired.
Both boys pointed at my artistic brother who is usually the guilty party when
there is fun going on. Did I ever mention he plays volley ball, wally ball and
a game called “whirly ball?” This is so funny because it is playing volleyball
while in a rented Dodge ‘Em go cart place. I would have to be dodging and
not hitting the balls or they would slam my head from time to time! Crazy
sports loving nut! Yes, he is still single while very handsome and smart, too.
Last part of the weekend will be our family Sunday brunch and then we head
back to my only son’s house with his crew of four children, two that came as
part of a “package deal” with my daughter in law. They will have almost every
food I ever cooked or prepared for the Easter meal. They have outdone themselves
the past four years. I am impressed and gladdened to pass the reins to their much
better expertise. My son, literally, is a chef so everything is better but they don’t try
to make many new items. Just the tried and true feast we look forward to each
holiday. It is all nostalgic and meaningful to make their mother happy. (I still miss
those 2o some years of being the “hostess with the mostest.” In the old days, both
brothers, one with his wife and her 3 children, my father and mother as our guests,
while I was there with my 3 children.
I believe in the special message of Easter but also believe in so much more!
I like to repeat the sayings my grandfather and then, my Dad would say:
“Drive like a Christian!” and “How Big Is Your God?” Those will cover our
feelings of gratitude and love for the gifts and bounty provided for our family.
I like the bubbles blowing around the park, the kites flying through the air,
and the silly children being chased by parents or each other as celebration
of the beginning of a new season.
Enjoy your holiday or your special family time or simply~ your days off from
work! Play, have fun and be like a little child at this beautiful (hopefully)