Empty Nester – Extraordinaire

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Nice Day for a Picnic

Yesterday was a difficult day for the kids.  We had unexpected guests who will likely bring Bats! meow… additional traffic, but brought up some unhappy memories that affected our youngest. Newspaper reporters = good.  Certain topics of convo = bad.  It’s not that they even talked to her, but the experience of them being in the house was too similar.

So, as she sat on my lap last night crying and trying to curl up into as tiny a ball as possible, I asked what would make her happiest.  The kids are on spring break through the weekend, so today could be used to spoil them just a bit.  Her request was simple enough – a picnic at the cemetery and a trip to the park.  Yes, the cemetery.  It’s quiet with big trees for shade and no noise or fear of someones child stepping on your food. Truth be told, mama needed a little pick me up too 🙂

When I got up, I feared I heard rain.  But no, they promised a bright and sunny day – with record-breaking temps.  I’m no big fan of the high temperature, but a promise is a promise.  So, right after breakfast we started packing.  “Peanut butter &” sandwiches: two requests for plain PB, two for PB&J, and one for PB & Miracle Whip.  We packed blankets, “fancy” cups, plates, and then headed to the store for the extras – oatmeal date cookies, strawberries, whipped cream, and a couple kinds of chips – oh! and flowers. Then straight to Maplewood West and our favorite picnic spot under the big tree and a bit away from the headstones.  Of course, we’re still surrounded by them, but we’re not ‘on’ anyone.

Ravynn and Whisper perked right up after we got settled.  It was so good to see Whisper smile 🙂  The fact that she got to pick her own chips and strawberries was a key factor, I’m sure.

The boys had a good time too.  Doritos with Cool Whip [eww!] and good sandwiches kept them happy and in a chatty mood.  It’s nice when the teen-aged sons still like to hang out with the family.

Ravynn and I shared a special moment toasting “weirdos and freaks.”  We caught the first one on camera, but there were many many similar moments – trust me 🙂

We all enjoyed the fresh strawberries, although some of us [ahem… Jordan] made a much bigger mess than the rest.

And the picnic ended with delivering flowers to a very special girl.

After that we ran over to Shadyside Park where I sat and read Practical Magic while the kids played. Together.

It was a lovely day and a nice part of our spring break.

~ sheila


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6 Responses to “Nice Day for a Picnic”

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    4:50 am on April 2nd, 2010

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  2. Belynda
    5:35 am on April 2nd, 2010

    Oh it sounds like a lovely day! Although I am sorry that the kiddo’s and you were sad. Beautiful venue for a picnic, we went to the cemetery yesterday also… needed to check up on the family and see if we needed to spend the weekend taking care of things.

  3. chris
    10:25 am on April 2nd, 2010

    i need to go visit my daughters, (i’m only 22 and i have lost 2)

  4. Bats! meow...
    10:43 am on April 2nd, 2010

    @ Belynda. It was a lovely day 🙂 I’m glad you could ‘join’ us.

    @ Chris. Blessings and bright thoughts for you. We have lost loved ones in far away towns. We take flowers to the little girl when we want to remember our far-away friends and family. Of course there is always something left only for her.

  5. Kim
    8:43 pm on April 4th, 2010

    It looks like everyone had a great time on the picnic. And you didn’t even need to have a pizza delivered. :p

  6. J.B. Vadeboncoeur
    4:51 am on April 5th, 2010

    Love seeing the pictures and hearing about your cozy together day.

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