Wednesday, December 12, 2012


I'd be hard-pressed to identify a happier day than 
December 12, 1969 
when I woke to hear, "You've a beautiful boy!"

The days flew so quickly ... 
1st birthdays are very important, don't-cha know!

I think this was the year Troy became lost at the Galleria ....

Celebrating #18 with Grandma.
Every year my mom gifted Troy a can of cashews ...
and I've kept the tradition alive in her memory.
("Nuts from Heaven", if you will.)

Where did the time go?
These days, my son's a loving Family Man and small-business owner who calls Alabama "home."

Recently, when I posed the question, 
Would he like his childhood photo albums?, Troy quipped:

 "That would be great ... 
the girls need to know their dad wasn't always old and mean."  

Happy Birthday, son!!!

I hope you don’t mind, I hope you don’t mind, what I’ve put down in words ...
How wonderful life is, while you’re in the world!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Why, hello again!  

Not counting the frenzy surrounding integrations at my workplace, I've been suffering from a bad case of SLACKER-itis here on the home-front!
 .... followed closely by the "should'ves" and "could'ves."  (sigh)

Just curious.   How are your Christmas gift-lists progressing?  

Personally, I'm NOT fond of shopping in stores.     Long before the internet became my obsession, I was -- and remain -- a big fan of Christmas catalogs.

My first!
If only in my dreams!

Regardless of cost, I've always clung to the fantasy of being the bearer of THAT gift which would produce a gasp of delight ... a belly laugh, even. (Daydream believer ... yep.)

And when did it become socially-acceptable .... expected even, to demur when asked "What would you like?"     I'm thinking how delightful it would be to witness mature (ahem!) guys n' gals let their inner children out to play, and write long lists for Santa.  

I'm so blessed to recall some fantastical moments from holidays past ... and may share a few in the coming weeks.    But right now, I'm aching for some inspiration.
Are you more inclined to gift something a loved one wants ... or, what they need?  

Any secrets up your sleeve this year?  ... or secret yearnings?    I promise not to tell!