Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Jesus went on to say, "In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me."
As many of you already know, my daughter, Sarah, her husband, John, and the three girls, Virginia, Savannah and Alexandra move to South Carolina the weekend after Valentine's Day. Are Gammie and Papa heartbroken? Is the Pope Catholic?
But there is an unexpected light at the end of what we perceive to be a long, dark tunnel. They plan to return here two weekends later in order for Sarah and John to do the final clean up at the former house. And we get to keep the girls!!! As my birthday falls on that weekend, rest assured their company is the best birthday gift I could ever dream of!
Of course, we play games.
The crazy sand that Virginia loved when she was younger is coaxed out of retirement for Savannah and Alexandra. What a blast they have!
We spend lots of time outdoors, too, as the weather, though cold, is sunny and bright. On Sunday, Papa surprises us with this.
A bubble machine!!!
Now, that's some good, clean fun!
But all too soon, John and Sarah arrive Sunday afternoon to collect the girls and embark on the long drive to Myrtle Beach. Virginia can't hug us enough, and holding back tears for me is exercise in futility.
"I'm going to miss you, Gammie. I'm going to miss you, Papa," she whispers as she gives each of us a final embrace.
"We'll miss you, too, Virginia, more than you know," I say, and add what I hope is a cheerful reminder, "but your spring break is right around the corner, so Papa and I will come visit your sisters and you."
When farewells are exchanged all around, and the girls are loaded into the car, it's time to face a painful reality. I may have comforted Virginia in diminishing the number of weeks until we can see each other again, but the time looms in my own heart like an eternity.
A bittersweet birthday. One I will always remember.
Proverbs 17:6 Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children. Holidays bring back memori...
Luke 6:38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full - pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, runni...
1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore, encourage one another, and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. When I begin writing Me...
Matthew 10:39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. Those of you who have foll...