I've been lagging worse than usual about posting lately. But it's been a little rough the past couple of weeks, emotionally and physically. I drove over 500 extra miles so far this month. I took a day off work to attend a funeral out of town which accounted for 320 miles roundtrip. Ten days later, I drove 240 miles roundtrip to attend a wedding out of town. You could say there have been some real ups and some real downs this month. But the road trips along with my regular 80 mile round-trip commute to work have rendered me and my little car a bit road weary.
The funeral was for the son of a friend of mine. I didn't know him well, but he was my son-in-law's uncle and I am good friends with his mother ...so I wanted to pay my respects. I only met him once about a year ago, but he was one of those people that puts everyone at ease. He was quiet and unassuming but his smile was warm and genuine and when he laughed, you couldn't help but laugh with him. He was a good man and, judging from the crowd of people at his memorial service, he will be sorely missed.
The wedding was for my nephew who has sometimes taken the scenic route through life and who is personally responsible for many of the gray hairs on his mother's head ...and mine! When you have known someone all their life, literally from birth, it's hard to notice sometimes when you stop seeing them as a child and, for the first time, see them as grown. When my nephew and his beautiful bride exchanged their vows this afternoon, I realized what a fine man he had grown to be. She brings three children to the marriage and my nephew brings one, but if you could see these six people together ...you would never know they were a blended family. It was a beautiful ceremony.
I had a surprise visit from one of my nieces this afternoon and we had a little drama involving a snake, a pistol and some popcorn which I fully intended to post about ...but I'm too tired tonight. I'll start a draft so I don't forget and fill you in on the details in a day or two. Just suffice to say that, after today, my niece probably sees me in a little different light. LOL