“Time to come back with a vengeance.” ~ Sloane Wilke
Barely over a month ago I made that bold declaration. Words and ideas churn constantly from the deepest corners of my mind– overdrive times a million– just not in this forum! Would you believe me if I told you I’ve gotten my feet wet with my memoirs? Essays? Short story collections? I kid you not. Rest assured that I’m writing more than ever. And I solemnly swear to up the ante with Cocktails With Hemingway to the best of my ability.
My kiddos eagerly embrace the opportunity to select a costume and
drive adults crazy with their sugar induced hyperactivity add to their insanely large arsenal of candy come 31 October. We choose to Trick or Treat in Theresa’s neighborhood because of the close proximity of the homes and the various subdivisions. It’s safe, fun, and easy to hit a lot of houses in a relatively short period of time. Winning!
I think it’s safe to say that Theresa has become the de facto Halloween hostess. Some years we go big [think potluck dinner, fire pit, and a grand tour of locally recognized pirate ship/haunted house] whereas other times we relax and play it by ear. A little rain certainly didn’t damper any spirits though. However, I felt the absence of my Soul Sister….Halloween simply isn’t the same without Maris. Despite missing my best friend in the worst of ways, I am eternally grateful that our extended clan makes it a priority to get together whenever possible to celebrate holidays, birthdays, and other special events. These memories will remain with me for a lifetime.
Halloween has come and gone….Happy Thanksgiving! If this is a holiday you celebrate I hope you have a wonderful day surrounded by loved ones. Give thanks and be grateful. Be mindful of the fact that holidays are not always festive occasions for some people. Extra love to those individuals. And yes, I am [partially] one of them. Allen and Donna, his mother, went above and beyond to prepare a delectable feast and make me feel welcome. I cannot thank them enough. As opposed to dwelling on those I did not get to see– my family– I will focus on my gratitude.
COMING SOON: The cat’s preparing to come out of the bag. No longer will I stay silent about what has happened with my family, my current living situation, and how much my heart is breaking.
With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,