Someone needs a Valentine


Reblogging from last year; still appropriate <3 Happy Hearts Day!

Originally posted on Long walks and dark chocolate:


I love Valentine’s Day and I’m not the least bit ashamed to admit it.  I have always been a sucker anything heart shaped, although I’ve always wondered where the shape originated from, because it certainly isn’t the human heart.  Add to that my adoration for chocolate and cards with loving sentiments, and I’m a goner.

Today I have perused a plethora of posts and blogs about the hatred of hearts and cupid and even love.   That’s fine, I hate Halloween.  I always thought it odd that parents would dress up their children in costumes and masks where they can’t maneuver around or see very well, and send them out in the dark to beg for free candy from strangers (yes I gave in too), but I digress.  I could start a Halloween haters club.  I could dress up in black and plaster my face with hateful expressions, but I would…

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Be All There

Me, Ash and Ayda

This morning, daylight found me missing my girls and my granddaughter.  I was looking forward to the valentine card my granddaughter had put in the mail, which should reach me today and wishing I could hug her and shower her with kisses.

One thought led to another and I began to remember when mine were younger and how many times I was so busy with some pathetic task that was actually meaningless in the big scheme of things.  They would scoot up next to me, needing some love and affection and too often, I didn’t take full advantage of the opportunity.  I never ignored them, but I let a pat on the head with a promise for more attention later suffice when I should have stopped what I was doing and relished the moment.

The more I thought about it, the tears began to roll and I let them.  My husband came to find me and kiss me goodbye and noticed the tears.  I told him I missed the girls and that I was lamenting the hugs and kisses and undivided attention I didn’t always give.  He understood perfectly, and gave me a big hug.

It’s not that I didn’t love my children deeply; I just didn’t know then what I know now.  I was always busy cooking and cleaning and multi-tasking to make sure the household ran smoothly.  If I could go back and re-do things, they would be quite different.

I would throw that mop down and rush outside to catch butterflies or draw chalk figures on the concrete; the laundry could pile up, while we played dress up and the dinner dishes could sit and crust over while I sat with one in my lap, just because.

I share this because I’m older now and I know that it’s all too easy to rush through a day and neglect the most important things, which are not things at all, but people.

We aren’t promised tomorrow and if you have children, they are growing as you read this.  Before you know it, they will be adults and making their own way in the world.  You will have some type of regret because no parent is perfect, but you don’t have to have this one.   Give them the time and attention they need while they want it.  As they age, it isn’t always as treasured.  I am blessed with two loving daughters who think I’m the greatest (at least that’s what they tell me), but I know there were times I could have been “all there” and I let life get in the way.

Grinning cones and tinkling music

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Transporter.” Tell us about a sensation — a taste, a smell, a piece of music — that transports you back to childhood. I was shopping the other day and I heard a familiar cadre of notes that sounded similar to something I could play on a […]

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Daily Prompt: Teacher’s Pet

old picture of me going to school in my first car

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Teacher’s Pet.” Tell us about a teacher who had a real impact on your life, either for the better or the worse. How is your life different today because of him or her?’ I was blessed with several great teachers and I am afraid to start naming them because […]

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Daily Prompt: Burning down the house


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Burning Down the House.” The house is burning; all people and animals are safe and you can grab 5 things.  What do you grab? The first thing I would grab is my bible.  It’s not that I couldn’t easily purchase another, but I am somewhat attached to the […]

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Daily Prompt: Pick a pen or a font

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Pens and Pencils.” When was the last time you wrote something substantive — a letter, a story, a journal entry, etc. — by hand? Could you ever imagine returning to a pre-keyboard era? I still write by hand quite often.  I honestly believe that the feelings and musings […]

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Seed of faith


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “In Good Faith.” Describe a memory or encounter in which you considered your faith, religion, spirituality — or lack of — for the first time. I was raised to have faith and I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have it.  Thankfully, my mom and grandmother […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: New

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Goodnight December


I’m sitting inside, a couple of hours away from 2015, enjoying my Christmas tree for what will probably be the last time this season.  As much as I look forward to what the new year will hold, it always saddens me to pack away the Christmas decorations. There is just something about Christmas; the spirit […]

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My mother in law, my friend

Happy Birthday to you!

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Happy Birthday to you! Today, my blog is dedicated to my beloved mother in law, Nancy. You know those people who everyone loves? Seriously…you don’t know one person who dislikes them or has anything unkind to say about them.  Nancy is one of those.  She always sees…

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