This past weekend was a time of sadness and a time of joy. On Friday we buried our uncle who had been suffering with emphysema for several years.
But, on Saturday to my surprise and to the surprise of everyone in this picture I actually went on a road trip to Louisville Ky. for the surprise retirement party of Dr. Withers. That's Danny in the blue shirt. After 43 years in the education field and having spent the last 22 years as principal at the same high school he once attended.
As I contemplated the long drive and thought about swollen ankles and leg pains I was tempted to cancel, but I knew my sister in the silver dress(Jackie) and my niece in the black and white dress (Tanya) were taking bets on whether I would actually go.
And then there was the matter of my first cousin (Denise) in the pink dress that didn't invite me because she didn't think I would come. So I had to invite myself and crash the party. LOL. There was just oo much riding on my going. So pain or not I was determined.
And who is that in the yellow you're asking. That's Danielle, my second cousin, daughter of Denise and Danny and party planner. She did a fantastic job.
Saving the best for last, Martese in the white shirt , nephew-in-law, married to Tanya. I give him kudos for being such a good driver, being funny, making me laugh, and just keeping a ton of conversation flowing.
Now I will admit that Bill and I do appear to be glued at the hip and I will admit that I like to be with him when I go someplace. It's much harder sleeping without him in the bed. But considering that Bill didn't want to make the drive and even though he didn't say it, I knew he didn't think I'd go without him either, I had to go. I never want anyone thinking they always know exactly what I'm going to do. Not even my sweet husband of 45 years.
So even though I was tired and didn't get to see my uncle James, a goal I wanted to accomplish while in Ky. I'm so glad I went. I had so much fun, the food was delicious, I danced, and I surprised my cousin.
And considering that my weekend started with a sad event it makes you more mindful of living while you're alive.
One last thing that I suppose as an author I should keep beating you over the head with, ( I HATE DOING THAT) Anyway, my new book, Secrets of the Orient is still on Amazon Scout and in need of votes. Here's the link to vote if you're interested.http://kindlescout.amazon.com
Don't forget to check out my friend Cici Edward's blog.http://ciciedward.com