Yesterday, I was able to relax a lot more than the previous two days, but even then, there was much to do. I did get to visit with my Mom THREE times this trip. Visiting with Mom is difficult because of her hearing problems, but I always feel so guilty about NOT going there every day I'm in Lockport. Mostly, I make quick trips there to check on her, but at each visit, it gets harder and harder to leave. I realize that Mom is lonely, having few visitors at any time, and about the only thing she can do is TRY to watch/listen to the television. I managed to re-program her closed captioning thing while I was there, but she really can't even read the stuff--it moves so fast AND she simply cannot see.
Anyway, I think I added a little bit of joy to her life by stopping by, especially since I brought Randi with me on one of my visits. She LOVES Randi, and the feeling is mutual. Mom assured me that she wasn't walking very much any more, per her doctor's orders, but I'd have to spend some time "in hiding" to believe that. Oh, I know she doesn't walk much, simply because she can't, but I also believe that she walks more than she should. But, you know what---she's 88 years old, and if she wants to walk more than she really should, no big deal. I only pray that she doesn't fall and break a hip or something, so I'll keep on praying 'cuz I know she'll keep on walking!
Last evening, I attended one of Rett's baseball games--they lost! He did an excellent job at his usual shortstop position, and he also played in the pitching position for a few innings. He did EXTREMELY well there, too, but he just doesn't have the stamina to go many innings. When speaking with Jan this evening, I found out that his team lost their game today by one point. I really think some ofthese kids are just burnt out with playing baseball--it's not fun any more for many of them; it has become WORK, and kids shouldn't have to work so hard!
Randi and I left Lockport around 8am this morning, planning to have breakfast "somewhere". First, though, we stopped at Mom's and had a nice little visit with her. I also was able to see my brother, Paul, while there. Afterwards Randi and I headed to Thibodaux.
Grandparents' Day activities for Jack were scheduled for 11am, so we had time to kill. I checked with Jess to see if there was some place that served good breakfasts in Thibodaux, and she reminded me that there was a HUDDLE HOUSE on the main street in town, so we decided to go there. And I am glad we did!
The place was really buzzing with activity; all tables were taken, but one was emptied just as we got there, so the waitress cleaned it up and down we sat. By this time, it was about 9:15 or so, so I figured that would be perfect timing--and it was. We got our food, finished eating, and were seated in our car in front of the little school at 10:30. We waited about fifteen minutes and headed into the building.
I was able to see Emma for a couple of minutes before going into Jack's classroom, which is where the day's activities were scheduled to be held. Jack acted very shy--as did most of the children in the room--but he came out of that pretty soon--and then, there was no quieting him down, which is really fun! We heard the children sing, saw how they cleaned away germs before eating, watching them eat their cookies with sprinkles (one little boy ate every sprinkle off his cookie before eating it), and heard them sing the "good-bye" song as we were leaving. We met his Mom, Ann, and Emma and headed over to Pepper's for lunch. Steve met us there, so that was added treat.
Randi and I didn't feel very hungry, so we both got salads, but it gave us a chance to visit with Ann, Steve, and the kids. As we wereleaving, Emma decided to show me her Hannah Montana microphone, and she proceeded to "sing and dance" for us--what a trip that was!
It was time for us to head back home, so Randi and I took off for the Cottage. We got here around 2:30 and unloaded the car, waiting for Sid to get home. After a while, we went to DQ for supper (I think this is the first time in my life that I eat THREE meals in one day OUT OF THE HOUSE!!!). When we got back--and before I took my shower--we took a ride into the woods. Sid had re-created our path, so it was a nice ride. While I took my shower, Sid and Randi went for their ride.
As you can tell, this has been a very busy week--but a fun one, too. It's always good to go home and see our family! Hope your week was as filled with all things good as mine was. Have a great evening and a terrific weekend! (Please remember to say prayers for a safe trip to CO; thanks.)
HEARTFELT BLESSINGS: "You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it." --Charles Buxton
NOTE: Toasters, dishwashers, riding mowers, cell phones, and on, and on, and on--so many "time-saving" devices. And yet, we always think we don't have time. Why? Sure, we have clocks and watches to "tell" us the "time"--but who created time? We did!!! It's something man created to measure a man-made concept! We create time and the best way to create all the time we need is to always remain in the present--this moment is all the time we will ever have, so that has to be enough. RIGHT NOW IS ENOUGH!