We swam, played games, had bonfires...
That's Lola on the other side, she's not as close to the fire as it looks
|Right? My cousin's daughter's dainty hand|
|Husband Alex and Bug, the 2 year old|
...and had some good relatively-clean family fun.
My husband took the week off work, we did some necessary home-groaner projects. Which, as per our usual, brought about MORE projects. Cleaning the laundry room caused THIS to happen behind the dryer.
|Horrible idea. Dryers should vent OUTSIDE|
|Hide & Seek|
and building towers with duct work.
|and pretending to be merchandise? "How much for thee leettle girl?"|
This post is part of the best better-than-a-blog-hop Silver Linings Upside-Down-Frown-Turn, that hopefully washes away some of the week's bad deeds of this sinner: The Ten Thanks of Thingful. Click HERE to join in, and tell us what you're thankful for.
Today is my son Tinny's 19th (yes, I'm that old) birthday. I have mixed feelings about that, since he's currently living with his dad for not following the rules here again, but I'm thankful he's lived this long. I'm thankful he has the option to live with his dad, he hasn't seen a whole lot of him for the past oh, decade or so, but since he does need tough love, and to learn consequences and I'm not ready to kick him to the actual curb, I'm glad he's got another option in between.
I'm thankful my husband and I don't fret over every storm. I'm a member of a local parent page for my town, and I woke to see hundreds of comments from panicked moms about last night's Tornado Watch, or was it a Warning? No tornado was spotted, we haven't had one this close to Chicago for some time, but the conditions were right and a LOT of parents lost sleep, moved their families to the basement, etc., and we slept peacefully not even knowing anything about it.
|Flooding in Burbank, IL from cbslocal.com|
A different kind of thankful. A memorial thankful.
Once in awhile on this rock of rotting, fetid garbage you meet people that put your faith back in humanity. Some people are so kind and generous, you wonder HOW the hell could I be the same species? The good people of this hop, for example, and the people of the Chicago Breast Cancer 3-Day.
If we're smart, we learn from their example. Friday morning the human race got some bad news: An amazing woman I met passed away, and lost her fight with that evil demon cancer.
Marylou was one of the most amazing women I ever met, I'm thankful to have met her and to have known her. She was the perfect mother, wife, grandmother, friend, volunteer, human. She not only volunteered a great deal of her time to cancer charities, when she was no longer able to do that medically, she would knit hats and such for the homeless. From her sick bed she did this.
She gave everyone she knew an example of how to live, how to love unconditionally, how to give back and be a graceful angel even during the darkest times.
When I first met her amazing husband (of 45 years!) was wearing a shirt that read:
"HumanKIND: Be Both"
and that sums it all up right there.
Even the a-holes that didn't really deserve one. You made every event, and the world in general, a better place. I can only hope to use that example to try to do a little sliver of the same in my remaining time. I will never be the angel you were, but I shall really, really try to be better.