Tuesday, August 28, 2012

One Day After Michigan

"Cali", my grandcat
So, I'm sittin' at my desk today and feeling pretty emotional. My 5-day trip to Michigan to see my kids is over and I'm reeling from how fast the time went by. Zoooooom. How'd that happen?  Pretty much that's how time goes by for me every single day. It's just that I had one more thing to say, one more hug to give, one more meal to share, one more belly laugh. Guess those things will have to wait until next time. 

I forgot how much I love
video games
For me, it was a fabulous 3-1/2 days. I got, and hopefully gave, undivided attention. We never turned on the TV once except to play a little Mario Brothers.   I had no other relatives to have to compete with for time. It was "mom" heaven. I have no doubt my kids were ready for me to go. But I was torn. I was ready to go home but didn't want to leave.  At least I didn't cry like a hysterical big baby like last time they were here. I did have a delayed reaction today. "Dang", I thought as I was sitting at my desk. Did that really happen? It was tough fighting back tears long enough to give my employer an honest day of work.
Home-made raspberry sorbet

We covered a lot ground talking, and we ate too much. I took  187 pictures. I got to see where my son works and his wife goes to school. I visited an IKEA store for the first time. I ate a hamburger at their favorite joint and we ordered pizza delivered from the local parlor. My favorite moments were watching them make dinner for me and eating homemade raspberry sorbet at every meal. It cleanses the palate, don't cha know?
I watched my kids make decisions and help each other in the kitchen. I got to ride in the back seat of the car while they wheeled me around town. I got to walk the route my son takes to and from work everyday. I got to ride the long drive and understand what a long day his wife has traveling 180 miles round-trip to the University to teach and take classes twice a week.
We visited the R.E. Olds Museum where I learned a little history of the Oldsmobile. Did you know they made lawnmowers? Me neither.   I thought about my friend, Julie, who grew up in Lansing. She was with me in spirit!
Well, I guess I'd better get my head back to reality. It'll be a while before I get back out to Michigan to visit those kids but I'm already planning it in my mind.
love, susan
The River Walk


  1. We had a lot of fun too! And yes, sorbet is the ultimate palate cleanser. :) The weekend went by way to fast and I wouldn't change a thing about it.

    Love you!

    P.S. I <3 that picture of Cali...

  2. Great trip..glad you went..love ya all.

  3. I'm so glad you have a wonderful trip, Susan ;)!


  4. Susan,
    That cat is so beautiful! I just want to pick her up and love on her and make her mine!! Amanda, if you are reading, you better keep a close eye on her! :-)

    1. Don't worry Kathy, I definitely keep an eye on Miss Cali. She is such a lover that when company comes over I have to make sure she doesn't take off with her "new" owners. I think my cat thinks she is a dog sometimes. Completely trusting and only worried about where her next petting is coming from!

    2. Ah...that is a special little kitty you have! I have one that wants as much love as he can get but only with us, anyone comes to the door and he is out of there! I love him so and I can tell you do with Miss Cali! What a gift they are to us!

    3. P.S. Amanda, you should submit her to www.catoftheday.com It's so much fun to have them profiled!

    4. I'll look into submitting her... that could be a lot of fun. My boy cat, Scooter, sounds just like your cat. For the first 24 hours that Mom was here he refused to come out of our bedroom. He just hid in the closet until the coast was clear.

      I am Cali's human, while hubby is Scooter's human. We're certainly blessed to have them through.


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