Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Eavesdropping

Overheard at a family gathering of Bubba's entire clan. Lola and her cousin had snuck away from the chaos of the other kids to do something quieter. Her cousin, while male and 13, is on the spectrum, so Lola loves to spend time with him. They 'get' each other.

Lola: What should we do?
Cousin: I don't know.
Lola: Wanna draw pictures?
Cousin: Nah.
Lola: That's okay. I'm not very good at it, anyway.

Cousin: Wanna talk?
Lola: Nah.
Cousin: That's okay. I'm not very good at it, anyway.

They both cracked up laughing and fell out of their chairs.

Yup, they 'get' each other.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Rusty

The more I stay away, the more I stay away. Because Thursday and Friday are my days, I tend to do most of my blogging then. By 'my days' I mean the days where I get to be by myself. Bubba's at work, the girls are at school and it's just me, the dog and the cat.

Usually I look forward to Thursdays with a longing I used to reserve only for special occasions. I cram all of my errands and "shoulds" into the morning hours and then sit with my computer, catching up on my blog reading and craft a post of my own.

I still look forward to those days but it seems that they fill up more quickly now and writing and reading are pushed to Fridays and beyond. The past few months I have spent 'my days' researching schools for Eve, Christmas shopping and completing school applications. I miss my blog reading. I miss writing, but it seems that the less I write, the fewer ideas I have.

Tomorrow, I'm getting up and forcing myself to write, even if it's gibberish. Gotta prime this pump!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

A Night of Remembrance

Bubba and I attended an event last week. Not a typical Christmas party, this one was sponsored by Pemco Insurance as a benefit for five local police officers who recently lost their lives in the line of duty. Bubba's company works closely with Pemco, a company that is closely connected to the local Northwest community and I was looking forward to getting to know some of the people he spends so much time with.

Over the past two weeks there have been dozens of memorials and fund-raisers in response to these deaths and the community just keeps rallying. From a local pizza chain donating all their profits last Tuesday (to the tune of $125,000.00) to the formal memorial service at McChord AFB, the outpouring of love and support has been tremendous.

The executives at Pemco designed a casino night and there were a hundred or so people in attendance. Most of us were connected in some way to Pemco, either employees or vendors, but as I stood at the blackjack table I met two women who had heard about the benefit and walked from their neighborhood just down the street to join the festivities. Within minutes we realized that the three of us share the same first name and were all novices at blackjack.

After dinner, Bubba and I met another woman who contracts with Pemco and her husband, a Seattle homicide detective. At first, his presence at the poker table was intimidating, but after several hands we all loosened up. The evening was winding down and we needed to turn our chips in for raffle tickets pretty soon, so I started playing with wild abandon. Ten minutes later, I had turned my $10,000 into $100,000 and cleaned out everyone at the table.

Most of the evening was filled with laughter as this room full of strangers got to know each other and learned to play Vegas-style games with very generous dealers. At one point, the marketing director for Pemco got up to remind us of the reason we were there and when the room went silent in memory, the air was electric. There was never any mention of the circumstances of the officers' deaths, only an acknowledgement of this wonderful, connected community who has shown so much desire to support those who support us every day. I have never been so proud to be a part of this warm, giving place.

Last-Minute Shopping?

Found this site through Scott at AELEOPE (see my blogroll) and I was pleasantly surprised. Too bad I've got all my holiday shopping done. But just in case you're still looking, visit this site. She's got some really neat ideas!

http://theponderingstore.blogspot.com/
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