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Proba bly Going Silent, but So Thankful!

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

emoticon , Sparkfriends, for all of your comments, words of encouragement and goddies. Cilantro is still with us and will be (I hope) until I get back on Sunday evening. BF is already depressed, moody and very difficult to deal with. However, I know. I know. I know he is dreading losing his beloved Cilantro. So I am being patient and not nagging him about anything.

I leave tomorrow evening for my all-too-brief visit to New Mexico to see my stepmother, brother and nephew. I may get to see my sister and her 3 children and my aunt and a cousin, but nothing is set. I am there for such a short time. I will arrive after midnight on Thursday morning and will be home in time for dinner Sunday evening. Only 2 time zones away, but it takes hours and hours to get there. I may or may not have internet access, so my silence will be for the family visit and not because of furbaby tears.

My brother is much younger and we will do something we've never done before - we are going together to pay respects at the grave of our older brother. E died when H was a year old and my youngest sister was born the year afterwards (they are from Dad's second marriage). It will mean a lot to me to visit the cemetery and be sort of with both of my brothers for the first time in my life. Both are heroes to me. My older brother protected me when we were children and lost his life saving another boy and my younger brother has served two tours of duty in the Navy.

I may also get to pay respects at the grave of my beloved first grade teacher. She died a few months ago just before her 98th birthday. My last letter was read during her service because she called me "my first grader".

Thank you for your love, support and encouragement! I pray Cilantro stays with us until I get home. We have a disposable camera and have been taking pictures of her this week. She loves her spider plant in the front yard, loves sleeping on Daddy's pillow and snuggled in his arms. I'll share when the pictures are developed.
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NONIE_C 8/19/2012 10:33PM

    I hope you had a good visit with your brother. It sounds like you had some very special time together planned. I hope Cilantro is still with you, but if she has passed on to kitty heaven, she will still be in your heart.
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LIBBYFITZ 8/17/2012 9:10PM

    I know how much this trip means to you. Enjoy your family.

I am travelling from Perth to our small state Tasmania for just a weekend to celebrate my nephews 18th b'day. It will take a total of 5 hours flying, not to mention all the waiting time.

Look forward to seeing the photos.

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/15/2012 4:05PM

    Have a great trip. So sorry about Cilantro. Sending big hugs.

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CATLADY52 8/8/2012 5:28PM

    I hope Cilantro will make it until you return. emoticon I hope your trip will be good for all involved.

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_LINDA 8/8/2012 2:08PM

    Enjoy this visit with your family to the fullest! That is awesome you and your brother will go together to your other brother's grave. Its wonderful you will also get to pay your respects to your first grade teacher! But Mali, do try to have some fun on this trip too. Too much sadness with that and also your poor fur baby in crisis :((
Sending healing and soothing thoughts and warm hugs,
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CARRAND 8/8/2012 9:14AM

    Your visit sounds lovely. I'll be thinking of you.

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MISSY455 8/8/2012 1:57AM

    I hope you have a lovely visit with your family, even though it will be for such a short period.

I was so sorry to read about your Cilantro. We were pet free for 5 years after I had to have our 19 year old cat put down. It was time, but a very hard decision. I understand wanting to be there, as I stayed with our little guy even though my hubby went to the car. He just couldn't stay. My thoughts are with you.

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