I crept downstairs this morning to make my coffee. I took it out on the back patio to the rocking chair overlooking the pool. I was sitting and rocking and sipping. Aaah - just watching the sun come up through the big pines, the birds singing and the squirrels running on the fence.
Then the first one appeared..............with Buzz Lightyears in hand, Andrew. He just came to tell me good morning.....he's not a hugger or one to sit in my lap. He left. Shortly thereafter Hannah
appeared. She's getting so long legged that she can hardly sit in my lap any more for back rubs but somehow she manages to twist herself into my lap for rocking and back rubbing. Of course eventually, the late sleeper Emma wanders in - this all happened one by one. All before 8AM! Really, really sweet. It just shows that I can bring gifts when I first show up, but what they really want is time and touching..................don't we all?
My oldest Jessica who is now 17 was studying for a History exam last night and asked if I could help her review. So I got the notebook and started to ask the questions.............Imagine my surprise and laughter when the history was MY and YOUR generation. Like Sputnik, Vietnam, Watergate, Nixon etc. etc. etc. It certainly was a wakeup call.
It's great to be up in the midst of the family again - my daughter Julie's. I'll take home great memories from all of my travels, but it IS nice to have these memories at the end. Today fourteen 3rd graders will be coming for a pool party and tomorrow is the party for the 5th graders. Somehow I DO think the quiet of San Miguel will be welcome.................or maybe not.