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Tuesday Thoughts

You know that old saying? Time flies when you’re having fun. It does.

When you are enjoying yourself immensely, the hours on the clock seem to rev up to warp speed. When you’re miserable, each minute drones on and on and you honestly believe the wretched day will never end.

Thankfully, even in the midst of this ongoing period of time that appears to drag on mercilessly (I’m tired of saying pandemic), Papa and I spent last weekend with smiles on our faces and joy in our hearts.

Blessedly, after about seven months of not being in each other’s company, we were able to spend an entire weekend with our son and daughter-in-love and their two adorable children – our beloved grandchildren.

Giggles, music making, and lots of playtime filled our hours and time whisked by us. Before we were ready, it was time to part.

That’s when we experienced some tears at the thought of goodbye. That’s when the little ones’ hugs and the “I love you, Nana” whispered in my ear reminded me that times of our family all being together, gathered in one place, have been too few.

And those times disappear as quickly as they come. Because all good things sometimes do come to an end.

But hopefully, not for long.

“Weekends are a bit like rainbows, they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them.” ~ John Shirley

© 2021


Mama of this empty nest, I’m content to live a quiet, country life with my husband of 40+ years and to view the gorgeous sunsets off my own back yard deck. Mama to three adults and Nana to adorable grandchildren, my empty nest fills up again with noise and laughter when they all return 'home'. A former English teacher, reporter/editor, education director for a non-profit organization, and stay at home mom, I retired after a season of substitute teaching at a private academy. Now I enjoy time spent with my grandchildren and family and writing words that seem to pour out of my soul or wandering around the countryside with my camera. Foremost, my faith sustains me as I meander through the empty nest stage of life. My favorite scripture is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

11 thoughts on “Tuesday Thoughts

  1. So happy to read that you were finally able to see your son, daughter in law and grand babies. I can’t imagine how sad the goodbye was again! I’m with you – so tired of word ‘pandemic’!


    1. It did us a world of good just to be with our loved ones, especially those ‘littles.’ Now, we just need to be able to see our older daughter and son-in-law who live farther away. I’m tired of hearing that world and tired of saying it too. I wish I could think of something clever to call it but…I got nothing.


  2. I’m thrilled to death for you. Whatever the “experts” say, that weekend surely will be better for everyone’s health than another weekend of isolation and longing. Just last weekend, I heard a psychologist affiliated with a local hospital being interviewed. Her message? We need to take back our lives. The kids need to be in school, and people at the end of life need their families around them. And hugs? I’d not hug a stranger right now, but in the family circle, there’s nothing better for affirming bonds of love.

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    1. Thank you, shoreacres,. It was just the “medicine” we all needed. The isolation from family is torture and I can’t even imagine how horribly detrimental it is for the elderly and those who are at the end of their lives to be so very alone. This fear that’s been instilled in people has gone on WAY too long and I wholeheartedly agree with that psychologist you heard. We need to take back our lives!

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