It is pretty late to be blogging, but I stayed up my 24 hr shift yesterday and I had promised my sixteen year old granddaughter that we would ride the train to Mill Ave and have a bite to eat. So I came home for a four hour nap and off we went. We picked up her boyfriend, whom was born here in Phoenix and never been on Mill Ave and we had a fun day. I watched the two of them talk and laugh, while holding hands reminding me of what it was like when I was young and in love.
Sometimes today, when I do my three mile walks with tunes in my ears, I am brought back to the past, and totally forget how old I really am. Well back to my story.
I guess you can say I am still young at heart, and as long as don’t look into a mirror, I am young again. So we spent Labor Day tubing down the Salt River. It was a fun family outing for whoever was in town at that time. Floating, or kicking our legs trying to reach each other was a fun treat. This fun also has consequences. As the small rapids were making our inner tube float fast down parts of the river, we would fight the current and one time when Betsy did this she fell into the water and lost her glasses. We were all frantic as we searched close to the shore at the bottom of the river. Once you reached a little farther away there would be a big dip and you can’t see or feel the ground.
Well believe it or not, we actually found her glasses with a small scratch on them. We did lose a couple of shirts that were taken off and placed on the inner tubes and eventually fell into the water drowning, never to be seen again. After the four hour float, with our arms and faces sunburned it was time to get to the car and get some food.
Of course the next thing would be the fact the car keys that were in Jimmy’s pocket fell into the river, sometime during this event never to be seen again either. No wonder there were a few car lock vans in the driveway of the parking lot at the Salt River Tube place.
I guess you can say I haven’t grown up yet and still enjoyed carving pumpkins and getting dressed up for Halloween. This year I was working on the ambulance and I still wanted to dress up. So my partner agreed and he got an Elvis wig and I got my Darth Vader hat and cape on and we took our
ambulance into a neighborhood dressed up and passed out candy until we got a call.
November finally got here and I was excited because my kids were all
coming over for the holiday. We had planned on a trip to Tombstone AZ, at the OK Corral. You remember the movie with Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday. We walked through this old ghost town with old fashion saloons and gun fights on the corner streets. They even had a re-in act of the gun fight at the OK Corral with Wyatt Earp, Firgil Earp, Morgan Earp and Doc Holiday. We spent a couple of nights here and we went horseback riding except for Kristina and her son, because she was pregnant so those two went on a horse and buggy ride.
The buildings have a lot of history in them. We went into the Bird Cage Theatre which had a lot of old pictures, old pianos, and rooms set up like it was in that day with the old dishes and lamps for light.
It is not always an easy job to get all my children together for holidays now when they live all so far away. This is one of the things in life that means the most to me. As my children are getting older, and having children of their own I am finding it harder to get together. I understand that they have their own life now, activities with their families and jobs. I guess it is like cutting
the birthing string, which maybe I haven’t cut all the way. I still like them
Sometimes it is hard keeping romance around when you are torn between trying to find that time with your husband and being there for your kids. These are the times you have to have patience for each other knowing that you will get together for that time alone again, but family is what life is all about.
I see too many people in the nursing home that have no family and are all alone. It breaks my heart to see them this way. They didn’t have any children or they have been fighting with their children and now they don’t talk. Maybe they never got married and now old and lonely.
Love has many different meanings, but one thing is the same for all of them, we need each other.
Tell someone you love them today and have a great evening.
Talk to you soon.
I am the Author
a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and still believe in the power of love &