It was another whirlwind weekend of fun, campaigning and more. I think the pictures tell the story best.
Friday night snacks. You know the drill. My niece Megan pointed out that my napkin game was on point as usual.
Saturday sign holding with just one week to go until the election. We had an awesome group of volunteers and for the first time it was not freezing cold for our stand out! Also, the Easter Bunny is Team Julius.
In the afternoon I did door-to-door campaigning and in the evening we had a great dinner of Thai food with friends. It was so nice to relax and have some fun.
The star of the weekend was Easter Sunday, of course.
Some of my favorite people in the whole world were gathered around our table.
The food was fabulous, of course, from mimosas and shrimp cocktail, to the ham with scalloped potatoes and fresh vegetables, to the desserts of carrot cake and apricot tarts. We indulged all afternoon!
Jack got passed around and smiled obligingly for all of us. He’s such a good natured little guy and his smile fills us all with happiness.
I love this picture of Hannah and I and Doreen and Alex so much. Hannah is Doreen’s goddaughter and Alex is my godson and I think the last time we took a photo of the four of us was at Hannah’s baptism nearly 26 years ago!
As I said to Dale when we sat down to dinner, my home and my heart are full.
How was your weekend?
It was another full weekend around here, from Friday with Jackie to holding signs for the campaign. There was a terrific event with Dale’s band, and a fabulous dinner at Hannah’s. In between there was door to door knocking and envelope addressing, a little bit of reading and some knitting.
Another blur but I’m learning and enjoying every minute of it!
How was your weekend?
I’ve been a bit of an emotional wreck this week, crying over things that normally wouldn’t bother me, feeling a wee bit down in the dumps, and just generally out of sorts. You all know me pretty well and probably recognize that this is not my typical approach to life. At first I thought it was campaign fatigue since I’ve been burning the candle at both ends lately. But then I realized – nope – the campaign stuff is mostly pretty fun and very interesting. And then I thought maybe it was work stuff – and that’s a little bit legitimate since there have been things going on with work – but I’m usually pretty good at handling work things and not letting them affect me personally.
And then I looked at the calendar and it hit me. Today is the 20th anniversary of my mom’s death. So all the weepy feelings and sadness, the overreacting to small things and the lethargy – it’s just grief coming back and reminding my head and my heart that I still miss this woman in a very big way.
In 20 years I’ve learned to live my life without her daily influence and regular advice. I’ve figured out what to make for dinner without asking her what she’s making for dinner. I’ve accepted the fact that she didn’t get to see Hannah grow up. I recognize that I have amazing grandchildren she will never know. I’ve bought cars she’s never ridden in (she’d love the Mustang) and gone on trips I have never gotten to tell her about. I’ve changed jobs and made new friends and learned new things – all without telling her about any of – it except in my head.
Most of the time I’m okay with that. Most of the time I think of her and smile and remember how lucky I am to be her daughter. But sometimes, oh sometimes, it’s just not okay. Sometimes I just wish I could be with her and have a conversation with her and bask in the presence of the woman who played such a gigantic part in making me the woman that I am.
If you have your mom, give her a call today. If you don’t, I’m sorry, because I know how it feels. I’ve been living with this feeling for 20 years.
It was another whirlwind weekend around here . . .
On Friday I got to take little Jack to the grocery store with me. He’s been to the store before, obviously, but this is the first time he went with me and rode in the cart. He’s not quite sitting up on his own yet but the cart cover I have has a bolster pillow that keeps him propped up. He loved riding through the store, looking at everything and grinning at everyone.
We spent the rest of the day hanging out at home – he took a long nap – and then we did a little campaigning with friends in the center of our town. It was cold and windy out there but Jackie stayed with us and I love that he’s learning at a young age that service and activism is part of regular life.
Friday night was our usual evening with snacks, more appreciated than usual perhaps since it felt so good to come out of the cold and sit by the fire.
Saturday was more time on the campaign trail, holding signs and then later doing some door to door work and setting up more signs around town. The storm we had hammered some of my signs but we’re hoping that as things melt they will pop back up. In the meantime we replaced some and put out more. We attended a fundraiser in the evening, talking to more voters and supporting a great cause to raise money for a young woman in our town with FOP.
Sunday was the annual Kiwanis pancake breakfast. Once again I was in charge of the bacon and that’s a very good thing!
It was also Jack’s first pancake breakfast and it sure was fun to walk through the cafeteria and show him off a bit. I couldn’t help but think about next year when he’ll be able to eat pancakes! And bacon!
In the afternoon I went to a class on using essential oils and it was really interesting. I haven’t worked with essential oils much at all but I’m excited to learn more about them.
We ended the weekend the way it began, talking and catching up with some snacks and a cocktail. I’m so grateful for those times with Dale, he’s my rock and such a great sounding board for all of the campaign stuff.
I think the next few weekends will be more of the same but I have to say, I’m learning a lot about our town and the people who live here and it really is fun to get out and talk to people about the concerns they have and issues they see.
How was your weekend?