Reflecting Back a Ways

You ever have one of those days when you want to call your Mom or Dad, even though they've been gone for years, then you remember that you can no longer call them. I had one of those days today.

I was watching Abby's two little ones, Kayla who is now THREE years old, and Aiden who is already 2 1/2 months old. They sure grow fast. Aiden is getting his own little personality now. He smiles when he sees Abby and if I encourage him to talk to me, I get a smile, too! Kayla always smiles when she sees me. Earlier this week I was at their house and I was outside. Kayla didn't know I was there yet. She saw my purse and said, "Is Grandma here?" Abby told her I was outside and would be in in a minute. Kayla said, "I love my Grandma, she's my friend!" I know I'm pathetic, but I just eat that kind of stuff right up!

Today I was holding Aiden and helping Kayla figure out what letter to push on her toy. I sat there wishing Mom and Dad could see them now. OK, they're probably looking down on us from Heaven, but, I wish I could have them hold my grandkids now.

I remember my Mom giving up cigarettes so Dad would give her a diamond ring (like he said he would); then, when he didn't do it, she started it up again. Wish Steve would make me an offer like that. I know, I know, I have to WANT to give them up. Then there's Dad going bowling with a pack of his favorite cigars in his pocket. Alright he didn't smoke them that much, but it is a memory.

Sure wish I could talk to them again, see how proud they'd be with how our kids and many grandkids have turned out. Remember, you don't know how much time you have left so live your life as if it could be your or your loved ones last day!