This weekend I will get on a plane and travel cross country to Southern California. I'll be visiting my grandma who's getting over pneumonia and is in her mid eighties. We hadn't seen one another since my wedding and that is far too long. I am looking forward to seeing her but not how frail she is. I hope to spend as much time as I can with her and my cousins and favorite aunt. And maybe meet a bloggy friend or two.
I still have not gotten over my grandma, aunts, uncles and cousins all moving to California. And that was ten years ago. I still get teary after we speak on the phone and I have to say goodbye. The last time I visited I cried on the plane all the way home. I loved seeing my extended family every day when they lived in New York. To me its odd to even describe them as extended. They are just my family. It's strange that most Americans don't spend more time with their family immediate or extended. Of course I am speaking generally and do not know if ALL of America is like what I see and hear about. Have we been that influenced by television shows that make most families appear like lunatics that we forget the importance of it? I don't know. I know some families are quirkier than others and some people don't even speak to theirs for terrible reasons, but if there isn't a terrible reason why not embrace your family, immediate or extended?
I am also having a difficult time knowing that Niel is unable to come with me. Work responsibilities. I know it's only a short time and we'll both be fine. Heck we both encourage one another to do our own thing. And that Niel and I have been apart from one another before, but it's still difficult each time. I've probably mentioned this story before, but one time Niel was going to go away a few days after one of our anniversaries and I was glum. And I should have known better not to have expressed that in earshot of this person who has their head up their ass as well as their head in the clouds, because they replied "But you'll spend your anniversary together." Well duh! Thanks for clearing that up. Without your explanation I would have no idea! Anyway I don't think this person values family. The point is that I'll miss Niel tremendously while knowing my visit with my family will be short. I'm a major worry wart. Can you tell?
So while I am gone I asked Niel to put some fun posts up, as I don't know if I will have computer access. Hope everyone has a great week and when I return I hope to have stories of my little trip. As well as some stories of a potluck picnic-birthday I recently attended and Father's Day.
Please go check out Enid's new site. She is a wonderful photographer and artist. You go Enid!
Song Stuck In My Head: "Love's Divine" by Seal