I’ve started a very short week. I spent a lot of the morning on the garden and flower beds. Of course, plenty of work remains. A lot of my summer will be spent in the gardens.
Papa and I mowed the grass as soon as we got home yesterday. I got a lot of thinking done while I was riding on that mower. Times change, and we just experienced another change.
When Papa and I married I was happy knowing I would be spending more time with him than ever before; but then he headed back to his Army post, and that dream was deferred for a while. Later in our married life, time was divided between children and Papa. For more than a few years, Papa traveled to the Detroit area from our “up north” home for work and our time together seemed short. When we moved our family to the Detroit area, it was a blessing to be in the same place again, but we traveled to our former home nearly every other weekend, since D2 was living with her grandparents there, and attending her last year of high school.
More recently, it was GS1 and GS2 who lived here with their mother from quite a few years, and we were happy to share our time together with them. During some of that time, I was away from home, traveling for work. I think the position I had would be considered 80% travel, but it seemed like about 100%. We talked on the phone a lot, and we managed through that five years.
Friday, GS2 graduated from high school. He has chosen to join the Army, and will be leaving in the fall, provided his physical goes as expected. We’ll be adding another family member to the list of those we see infrequently, and about whom we worry and pray. Time isn’t waiting for me, it is marching right along. The thing is this adventure, which once seemed like it was made for two, now includes a host of others. I didn’t imagine it then, and I sometimes now wonder how it happened.
Here are a couple of photos from graduation.
This one is gray haired me with the graduate.
And here is M-in-L, D1, GS2 and Papa. We don’t have too many photos of M-in-L without the “Don’t shoot me”, expression on her face. This one is pretty good, especially when you consider how she hates
guns cannons cameras.