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I wrote this little bit 5 years ago and just recently found it on an old flash drive.

Mother’s Day Passed

For all of you who are missing someone today…

It had been twenty years since the last time she had spent Mother’s Day with her mother. On that Sunday they had less than 8 weeks left together. Time was finally running out. Both knew this and if they hadn’t already made their peace with each other, surely today would have been that day.

Instead of frank discussions, tears, and brutal honesty they celebrated the day with a kiss on the cheek and holding hands.

Ann couldn’t move her hands; it was left to her daughter, her youngest child to lace their fingers together.

Ann couldn’t talk; the words she said were spoken through her eyes – and her smile.

And so in silence they sat, the television playing in the background. The Cubs were losing, again. Just another Sunday. Their last Mother’s Day together.

Today Ann’s daughter looked at her son. He was so proud to show her the cards he had made at school. She awoke to the opening of the door and the smiles to the two most important men in her life. Life was good. She has everything she could desire. Everything but one.

Today, on Mother’s Day nearly twenty-one years later she wished she could say, one more time, “Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. I’m so glad you’re still here with us.”

Yes, this is about me. And yes, my Mom’s name really was Ann. – LE

It’s been nearly 26 years since my mother died. Some days I miss her more than others, but I will always remember her zest for living.

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Happy New Year! (And other tidings)

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a new year. Last year was quite difficult. In a 12-month span, started the middle of last December, my husband and I have both had two surgeries! Needless to say, we maxed out a lot of deductibles between the two of us. We are wishing for 2011 to be free of any more doctors visits other than those yearly wellness exams. I do have one small procedure coming up, but it should be in office and hopefully it will be the end of some other issues for me that go back almost 10 years.

Our big news, like most parents, has to do with our now 15 year-old son. This semester opened with a new band director. As you can probably guess, this is very much a good thing. The old regime was going nowhere fast and threatened to chase us to a new school next year. Thankfully, this no longer seems neccesary. It is highly unusual to change band directors in the middle of a school year, so that should give you an idea of how stressful the fall was for all the people involved.

But wait, that’s not all! We are extremely proud to announce that our son was offered a member contract with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corp for the 2011 season. He starts his first full rehearsal camp Friday. He attended them last year as a trainee, but was not required to attend the entire schedule. Now he is. We his parents are jumping in and volunteering. It takes a lot of folks to run a rehearsal camp and most of those people are volunteers just like us. It is our turn to lend a hand to support something we really believe in. If you want to watch a video on YouTube that describes Drum Corp, you can go here and see the first of two very funny videos. There are a lot of inside jokes, but it does do a pretty good job of explaining things.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsnKhnJyiUQ&feature=related

Last year I spoke about the Academy and asked people to consider helping with the grocery card program since my son was not a full member. That option is still very much open and encouraged, since it is a way to help without any extra cash out of your wallet. If you regularly shop at any of the Bashas stores or any of the Kroger Company stores (Bashas, AJ’s, Food City or Kroger, King Soopers, Ralph’s, City Market, Dillions, Smith’s, Fry’s, QFC, Baker’s, Owen’s, JayC Food Stores, Hilander, Pay Less Super Markets, Scott’s, Kroger Fresh Fare, Food 4Less, Foods Co., Fred Meyer, Fry’s/Smiths/Kroger/Dillion’s Marketplace, Turkey Hill, Kwikstop, LoafN’Jug, Quickstop, Tom Thumb, or Smith’s Express) you can help! Email me. And while I am not one to ask often for donations, if you would be interested in helping in that way, if you act in the next 4 weeks, you can have 10% added to your donation through the Birdies for Charities program run by the Phoenix Thunderbirds as part of the Phoenix Open PGA Tournament. Check out their website to see how it works. Birdies for Charity You can email me for my son’s name if you want to participate.

We hope to have a Facebook page up soon so that people can follow his progress through the experience. Again, email me and I will send you the information when it become available. My email information can be found on the contact page.

And finally I’ve been working on another P&P (groans) though I’ve been on a hiatus for the holidays. I mentioned something about it two months ago. I’ve got a lot more down since then. Its still early days, and the one person who has seen the rough draft has confirmed my suspicions that I’ve been moving too fast. I need to add a few scenes to slow the pace to a more acceptable level. I’d like to begin posting in a month or two. I’ve really suffered for a lack of writing and need to get going again. Yes, this is your permission to nag.

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Tick, Tick, Tick …

Yes, I know that I said I hoped to have a new story up and posting by June 1st. I’ve written the first 3 chapters of the fairy tale I said I was working on. Now I need to get my butt in gear and get some editing done so I can get it out to the editors. If I don’t have something up by my deadline, go ahead and nag, just know that it it likely that chapters are working their way through the process. I really need to come up with a title for the thing.

My wonderful DH is in cleaning mode, which means major Mistress of the Manor duties for me. We’ve made great progress, doing most of the worst of the yearly cleaning. The carpets were cleaned today so it’s on to the baseboards and the tile. Bathrooms and bedrooms are almost all done as well. Public spaces are next up. I really hope to be through everything by the end of the weekend. Then I can sit down and write daily without remorse.

Speaking of time passing by, I hope everyone has a good Memorial Day Weekend. My son has his last performance with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corp on Monday. Next year he’ll be a full member and we will not see him much between Memorial Day and the second weekend in August.

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Have a Blessed Easter

For me, today is the most sacred and hope filled day of the year.

“He arose! He arose!
Hallelujah! Christ arose!”

He is risen, indeed!

And since the family is going to a baseball game today, I sure hope the D-Backs’ bats are resurrected as well.

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Happy New Year

I thought I would offer you best wishes for the new year. I had hoped to have finished A Mother’s Favorite Wish by this time, but my muse has been on an extended leave. If you see it, please ask it (very nicely) to return to the desert. I surely do miss it.

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Glory to God in the Highest

Today, those of us who call ourselves Christian, celebrate the birth of Jesus. I won’t go into doctrine, nor even if Jesus was born on December 25th (He probably wasn’t), but it is the day set aside to remember the birth of the Savior. We give gifts in imitation of the greatest gift God gave to man – a second chance.

As I get older, the meaning of this sacred idea tends to get lost in the busy-ness of my life. Shame on me.

And so, in gratitude for the Greatest Gift, I wanted to stop and thank all of you who are reading this for your wonderful support through the years for my writing. It has been a joy and my gift to you.

~Linnea Eileen

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