the rest of the story

27 11 2005

I enjoyed the time with Grace as much as I expected to, but we all missed Luke far away in the frozen north. Grace and I spoke with him on the phone for a long time Monday evening. He assured us he’d be fine hanging out with friends and their family. Wednesday afternoon the rest of us headed to my parents’ house in Dallas, arriving in time for dinner.

Around 11:00 PM, George, Grace, and I were chatting in what used to be my playroom when I was a little girl. I’d already changed into my PJs, and my folks were in bed. The doorbell rang.

My first reaction was fear. Who rings the doorbell at 11:00? But George just grinned. “Time for your next surprise!” This one was for Grace, too.

George opened the door, and in bounded a very hairy Luke. He crushed us all with hugs, and we marveled over his bushy red beard and bulging muscles. But I would have stared even if he’d looked exactly as he had the last time I saw him at Grace’s graduation in early June. Luke was home! He’d driven fifteen hours from Chicago. His arrival meant our whole family would spend Thanksgiving together for the first time since Grace left for college in 2001.

I’m sure many of you spent the holiday counting your blessings, but I doubt anyone felt more grateful than I did gazing at my beloveds, listening to their beautiful music, and laughing at their sillinesses.

Now they’ve gone away again, but the joy of having them near lingers like the fragrance of fresh-baked pumpkin pie. It echoes like the music of their voices still ringing in my happy, thankful heart.


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27 11 2005
allenb

Awww… you’re little boy is growing up … to be a Mountain Man!!! How cool!

Do your PJs have little animals on them? 😉 I want some Sponge Bob PJ’s

27 11 2005
allenb

Awww… you’re little boy is growing up … to be a Mountain Man!!! How cool!

Do your PJs have little animals on them? 😉 I want some Sponge Bob PJ’s

27 11 2005
allenb

Awww… you’re little boy is growing up … to be a Mountain Man!!! How cool!

Do your PJs have little animals on them? 😉 I want some Sponge Bob PJ’s

28 11 2005
armored_mind

Cool! Say hi to Luke retroactively for me 🙂

28 11 2005
armored_mind

Cool! Say hi to Luke retroactively for me 🙂

28 11 2005
armored_mind

Cool! Say hi to Luke retroactively for me 🙂

29 11 2005
Anonymous

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I’m so glad I stopped by to see what you’re up to. What a fun time you had giving thanks and hugs. I’m sure your parents were thrilled as well. That George! Gotta love him. Can’t wait to catch up. Hugs, Pam

29 11 2005
Anonymous

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I’m so glad I stopped by to see what you’re up to. What a fun time you had giving thanks and hugs. I’m sure your parents were thrilled as well. That George! Gotta love him. Can’t wait to catch up. Hugs, Pam

29 11 2005
Anonymous

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I’m so glad I stopped by to see what you’re up to. What a fun time you had giving thanks and hugs. I’m sure your parents were thrilled as well. That George! Gotta love him. Can’t wait to catch up. Hugs, Pam

2 12 2005
jeannedamoff

Yep. He’s a solid, hirsute chap.

Heh heh. No, my PJs are flannel pants (grey and pink plaid) and a t-shirt. Sponge Bob PJs rock. You should tell Santa.

2 12 2005
jeannedamoff

Yep. He’s a solid, hirsute chap.

Heh heh. No, my PJs are flannel pants (grey and pink plaid) and a t-shirt. Sponge Bob PJs rock. You should tell Santa.

2 12 2005
jeannedamoff

Yep. He’s a solid, hirsute chap.

Heh heh. No, my PJs are flannel pants (grey and pink plaid) and a t-shirt. Sponge Bob PJs rock. You should tell Santa.

2 12 2005
jeannedamoff

“Hi to Luke retroactively.”

2 12 2005
jeannedamoff

“Hi to Luke retroactively.”

2 12 2005
jeannedamoff

“Hi to Luke retroactively.”

2 12 2005
jeannedamoff

Re: the rest of the story

Thanks, Pam. So nice of you to stop by. Tea? Scones? Yes, George is a sweetheart. Truly.

We will get together soon, and you will be treated to lunch and a very late birthday present.

Love, J.

2 12 2005
jeannedamoff

Re: the rest of the story

Thanks, Pam. So nice of you to stop by. Tea? Scones? Yes, George is a sweetheart. Truly.

We will get together soon, and you will be treated to lunch and a very late birthday present.

Love, J.

2 12 2005
jeannedamoff

Re: the rest of the story

Thanks, Pam. So nice of you to stop by. Tea? Scones? Yes, George is a sweetheart. Truly.

We will get together soon, and you will be treated to lunch and a very late birthday present.

Love, J.

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