No, I am not talking about the Civil War, although I used to enjoy romance novels set during that period, particularly those of Heather Graham, my favorite historical author twenty years ago.
South is where I live, close to the Ocean, my favorite view.
North is where I used to live most of my life and where I raised my children. Another time another life. How I managed to juggle work, children, their activities, my gym, cooking, cleaning, and on occasions taking classes to advance my career– with a husband who traveled fifty percent of the time and was absent during all our emergencies– is beyond me. I was young and energetic.
Last week, I was back North to visit my grandchildren. They are making it a tradition to invite before Halloween to admire their costumes, enjoy their decorations, and watch the foliage. It was a delightful week with delightful children. They kept me busy and I was so happy to be useful.
Other than the above, the highlights of my trip included a visit to the gym and another to karate.
Lying down with each child before they slept was my favorite time. I felt like a mom again.
Of course, there was no time to read email, write a new scene, edit a manuscript, or promote a book. Forget it. The previous were replaced with preparing chocolate milk and pancake for breakfast, walking to the bus stop, playing monopoly, supervising homework. Although I was flabbergasted by how these kids do their math, I mean additions and multiplications, on a laptop. And they trained me on how to use my iPad. Oh God, I feel so old and so out-of-it when I remember we had to memorize multiplication tables!
Amazing how the best joys are the simple ones. How a child’s smile is all I needed to be happy.
What are your greatest joys in life?
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