Thursday, August 9, 2012

Guest Blogger: Patti

Well, last time I wrote a post for Linda I talked about my challenge of becoming an “empty nester.” I have had a busy summer preparing for that ever looming day, including two graduation parties for my daughter, Kristen.  On July 6th, we had a party at our beach house on Cape Cod for Kristen, and two of my nephews who graduated from high school and college.  

I almost didn't make it, due to the fact that I had spent two days sleeping in a chair next to my son Michael who was in the hospital with what they thought was appendicitis and ended up being diagnosed as Chrohn's. That’s a story for another day. Michael basically threw me out of the hospital and made me go to the Cape.  And, I'm so glad he did, as my father-in-law unexpectedly passed away twelve days later and that was the last time I saw him. He had just turned 85.  Michael is quick to remind me that he is the one who made me go.  

The second party started with a huge trip to BJ’s with three carts, by myself and multiple droppings of grape tomatoes, ( I could show up on America’s Funniest Home Videos)  We had Kristen’s graduation party at home with my family and many of her high school friends on July 14. It was a beautiful day! I cooked 21 lbs of pulled pork for 27 hours! I must say it was delicious along with pasta salad, meatballs and too large of a cake, which became a source of entertainment for my 24 year old! I told you, they don’t get any better as they get older. Tim began by just poking his fingers in the cake and then decided to move himself to the front of the cake and change “Congratulations Kristen,” to “Congratulations Tim!” You can see the results in the photos.

 It was a great day to celebrate with her friends and family as she embarks on this new chapter of her life!

In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away - Shing Xiong.

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