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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Graduation Day Sunday featured the very polite young
man who lives next door. He is just 6 years younger than
DS and it brought back memories of his graduation in 2012.
Super confident in himself and the joy of his parents, who
were surprised when they had him. They thought they were
done with the family and along he came. They don't know
what life would be without him.
Of course, memories bubble to the surface and the tears
are almost there. One more child in the neighborhood will
graduate next year and then, our street will be filled with
those of us who have raised our families and no new young
families to replace us. It will be very strange not to have young
children close by.
I am still plugging away in the house. Last night, I started to
empty jars of canned goods that are past their prime. I rinsed
the jars and then filled the dishwasher. My co-worker in the office
has stated that she would take any extra jars I no longer need.
Wonderful. I will slowly go through everything in the basement.
Sadly, some of that has been there since our daughters were in
school. Twenty years went in a hurry but who can eat that much
jam and jelly and other things? No rush. It has sat that long on a
shelf. It can stay longer. I have abandoned the idea of setting up
new shelves. I have had that project on hold for 6 years and now
I want no part of it. I don't need to gather anything more. Another
sign of accepting that I am getting older. I need to downsize.
Off to other pursuits. I did finish my online classes for renewing my
P&C license yesterday. A little less pressure today.
Thanks for stopping by and all the great comments I know my
friends will provide. You are the greatest! HUGS!
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    My son, my only child is 41. I can hardly believe it. My brothers daughter is will be 23 in September. Right now she is in South Africa with Dr.'s across borders. His son will be 21 in August and is in the Army. He wants to go into special ops. No more babies, I can't see either of them have children anytime soon. Brianna has medical school ahead of her yet, then residency and internship. Tyler has longer in the Army than 4 years because he wants special ops. Brianna wants to be a pediatric oncologist, so I don't know how long she has. I was very close to both of them, but not so much now, especially Brianna. Time does fly and they make their own lives which you will always be an important part of but not the most important.

    332 days ago
    emoticon does seem to flydoesn't it?
    336 days ago
    OH how time marches on!Downsizing also,the things we
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    336 days ago
    It happens to all of us. We no longer have children in our little area that was once filled with their laughter and sometimes I miss it. Like you said, time to move on to other pursuits. Glad you finished your classes. emoticon
    337 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    Sounds like you are making progress on the cleaning out - it is a shame that the food didn't get used in a timely manner but I can relate-I have cleaned out the freezer-more wasted food that has been there way too long!! Two people just don't need so much food and I am really trying hard to not buy a lot these days!!
    337 days ago
  • JAMER123
    Time surely moves too fast. We have been through that and are watching our granddaughters become teens. and pre teens. We did a huge downsize last year when our son and family moved in temporarily while we traveled and the built a new home. I haven' been home yet and wonder what it looks like, probably rather barren.
    337 days ago
    Thanks for sharing. Only a few more days of school left this year and if all goes well my youngest will graduate in 2020. My oldest graduated last year and went to Junior College this year. I adopted in my late 50's and have 2 teens at the age of 68...What was I thinking???

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    337 days ago
    I know how you feel. I appreciate your blog. emoticon
    337 days ago
    time goes by quickly you seem to fill each day and then some hugs
    337 days ago
    awesome thoughts ...

    20 years go by in a blink of the eye...
    I will be 64 this year ...oh my...

    all the best
    337 days ago
  • JUDY1676
    Where, oh where does time go? My youngest grandson graduated high school last night!
    337 days ago
    Plenty of melancholy as we let things go. My husband is a bit of a packrat..."well.. I might need that screw!" Meanwhile, I am cleaning out clothes, kitchen utensils and whatever I spot that I don't plan to use again. Goodbye! While my life expectancy is still about another 20 years, I don't want my kids to have to deal with so much "junk." I think you and I are smart to be working on it now while we are able and cognitively capable. Who knows what tomorrow brings!
    337 days ago
    You and I seem to be on the same timeline. I'm amazed at all the things I've been saving over the years that now just seem to take up room. I need to make space for all the new blessings that are waiting for me; you, too??
    Enjoy your day! emoticon
    337 days ago
    Yes, time does fly... and I still haven't cleared out everything "the kids" left behind when they moved out a decade ago.
    337 days ago
    How true about growing older and seeing those changes. Very heartfelt blog. emoticon
    337 days ago
    I hear you. It is hard to believe that 20 yrs. could pass by in the blink of and eye, but it does. Into trying to downsize here, too.

    337 days ago
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