I suppose the title should read Sunday Afternoon Reflections..just noticed the time - my how it flies when you are busy and having fun. Actually this weekend has had us running the gamut of emotion. In the end, feeling the warmth of contentment, family love and appreciation.
Friday was TLOMIL’s birthday - thinking that I had plenty of time to finish up the last minute things I needed to do, I was taking my time - chatting with Ollie as I worked in the kitchen, dancing around the island with my own dance vibes playing in my head as the birthday boy took a restorative nap on the couch. The phone rang and I actually answered it, something I don’t do very much anymore unless it is a name or number I am familiar with on the screen. This small voice whispered “Ma, there has been a fatality on the GO line, we cant go all the way, can you pick me up in Oakville?” Of course the answer was yes, my second thought was F!!! I have to get this and this and this done. I haven’t showered...I ran into the family room, woke up the sleeping prince and informed him what I had to do. Ollie and I got in the truck and began the trek which had me leaving the house 45 minutes before I was supposed to and would add at least 45 on to the trip which should have been an hour and a quarter total. I wasn’t far onto the next road, having driven by some massive Tamworth hogs that make me smile every time I see them, fields bordered with the fading beauty of autumns colorful display that I thought - Jill you are an insufferable ASS. Some one died, and you are worried about a birthday dinner. I mean seriously, give your head a shake girl!
A couple of minutes later The Boy called asking for the evenings plan - once the change had been shared he offered to go pick up LLB and the Scots new car and head to our place with it. I chatted with Compliance Girl along the way to the train, got LLB a stop earlier than originally planned and made our way to Burly to pickup the Scot and head back to the middle of nowhere. My mind was running at a thousand miles an hour of what I needed to get done first as I ran in the front door. What did I see? Lit candles, cut veggies, hearing the voices of The Boy and DC telling me that they would create the appetizer while I had a shower. TLOMIL , LLB and the Scot all pitching in so we would be ready when our other friends arrived. All of them adulting cohesively to assist me. It made my heart sing - and the wee gin probs helped as well. We went on to have a wonderful evening full of laughs, good food and continued assistance from the kids. I loved every second of it. Thanks again kids for your help xoxo!
We woke up yesterday tired - checking my messages I found one sent at 4:14 A.M. - Jill when you get this please call - all ok, but think this should be communicated by phone. This message was from B.C. So i did send a text as it was too early. One of our dear friends had been in a horrible car accident in Maui, they were and still are in rough shape but will survive. Yet another reason to be thankful. The car accident weighed heavily on our minds, especially as LLB and her Scot were out driving the back roads and hills of our area yesterday trying to figure out how to drive a standard vechile. I did go for one such excursion and only wound up with minor whiplash!
Last evening I got a call from my baby sister informing me that our Uncle had just passed away, while it wasn’t unexpected it is never easy news right dear imaginary reader? Within minutes I was speaking to my cousins and their family expressing condolences and hopefully sharing love.
I am sitting here at my perch having survived another “stick” driving outting with LLB, finishing up my coffee. The kitchen is a disaster, wine glasses from Friday nights fun (I just couldn’t look at anymore dishes yesterday ok?”, mess from this mornings Christmas morning breakfast trial all over the island. TLOMIL and LLB out driving. Its quiet, Ollie asleep on the dog bed in the corner. I am so very lucky to live where I do, how I do, with those that are in my life. Take a moment today dear imaginary reader to count your blessings