This week, I would like to share with you a story that is very near and dear to my heart. For a lot of you, I'm sure you will be able to relate with me on some level. Maybe your timing was a little different than mine, but in the end, it's all about that little "bug(s)."
I came home from work one afternoon in 2005, just like any other day. But on that particular day, Donna and her youngest daughter, Sami, living with us at the time, were there. Donna quickly informed me that she needed to talk to me and we proceeded to our bedroom... and she promptly shut the door. Now, right there, "need to talk" and then "shutting the door," are two things that, when your wife is involved, can never, ever, be a good thing. I'm just sayin'. Immediately, thousands of thoughts start running through my mind regarding what we are fixing to talk about, but there are just a couple that shoot straight to the top of the list. That dreadful "D" word(s)... Divorce? Or, did somebody Die? Nope, on that day, something completely and totally unexpected... it was all about the "P" word.
Donna proceeded to tell me that Sami was pregnant. Now, normally, this is good news, exciting news, you know, let's share a "toast"
So, with all this "knowledge" now behind me, I had to get started on getting comfortable with the fact that in the year I would turn 50 years old, 2006, there would be a newborn baby living in my house... seriously, no joke. And don't you know that Donna was just "beaming," while I continued to struggle with the whole "seriously???" concept. Along the way,
March 1, 2006, would prove to be a day that would forever provide both smiles and tears for our family. For on that day, sometime that night, Riley Renee Bates, was born into this world and shortly after her birth, Donna would receive a call from her mother with the very sad news that Donna's Dad had just passed away...
Moving forward, life would get just a "little crazy" as we all adjusted to having three "big" people in the house and now, one new "little" person, and oh, did I mention we had four (4) dogs, one of which was a greyhound... and of course, they were all inside dogs as well. So, yeah, a "little crazy" became the new norm.
It has now been a little over six years since the little "munchkin" was born. She and her mom, Sami, no longer live with us. Nor do 3 of the 4 dogs. Suffice to say that it is a lot quieter in the house now. But the memories will live on. There are so many, I certainly can't share them all here. But there are a couple or so that I just have to...
|Sami and her baby girl... smiling!!!|
|With legs crossed, at Pre-K Graduation...|
Now, obviously, simply typing these words does not do this song justice, but try to imagine a 4 and 5 year old little girl singing. It would start off: "Y-E-L-L-O-W spells Yellow, Y-E-L-L-O-W spells Yellow." But to hear Riley sing it, well, it went like this: "Y-E-L-L-O-W spells Lellow, Y-E-L-L-O-W spells Lellow." Just too cool (and cute) for school. And then... one day recently, I picked her up from Day Care and as soon as she was buckled in, she said, "Papa, I have a surprise for you." (she says that same quote every single time I pick her up from Day Care, and every single time, the surprise is exactly the same) And I say, "What's that?" And she sings the "Yellow" song. But, recently, as she sang it, she actually pronounced the "Y" in Yellow. In my mind, I screamed, "Noooooooooooooo!!!" My cute "Lellow" word was now gone forever. My "munchkin" was getting older.
|A Christmas morning with "munchkin"|
|"Munchkin" singing Happy Birthday to Papa...|
Papa's little "munchkin" and Nana's little "peanut butter." Together, they add up to our little "bug" and when I think back to that bedroom "closed door meeting" a little over 7 years ago, I never envisioned all the love and fun a little "bug" could bring into our lives. And as of 8 months ago, we now have our second Grand-baby, a "little man" named George. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with proud parents, Justin and Courtney.
|"Little Man" George, in his UT shirt...|
|"Peanut Butter" in Nana's lap...|
|Holy Smokes... Is this a "bug" or what???|
|She wants to be a "surfer" girl...|
|A very recent pic... now ready for the 1st grade|
Libation's Anyone???: Ok, I love ice cold milk, but hey, this is for libations. So, this week I am highlighting one of my favorite after dinner drinks: A VSOP Cognac... Claude Chatelier Cognac VSOP. Served a little warm, if possible, is icing on the cake. Now, if you just happen to be where you are able to step outside for about 30 to 45 minutes, well, then this libation goes very well with a good cigar... If you get a chance, enjoy.
Music: Last week, I wrote about Stephen and Lauren. Lauren introduced me to a new (for me) female singer that I gave a listen to and I was blown away by her music. And so, this week I am sharing her information and I hope you will check her out: Ani DiFranco
Market Watch: Wow... This week was another setback as Facebook dropped back below the 30 mark, closing Thursday at an even 29.00, now a full 9 points down below its opening number of 38.00.
The End: As always, Thank You very much for stopping by. I absolutely appreciate your time. I hope you will check back next week as I have a little fun at my own expense.
Be safe, be smart, and always smile... It's "Happy Friday"