Monday, January 16, 2012

Random Chatter

This isn't going to be one of those posts where there is not a purpose to the message, a story so to tell. This is going to be one of those posts where I just chatter like I do when I am with my girlfriends at a happy hour.

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Last week we attended our 93 year old neighbors funeral.  He was a WWII vet who fought in the Battle of the Bulge.  The veterans organization had a short ceremony to honor his service. It was very touching. I certainly hope someday this country honors more recent veterans with same degree of respect and gratitude.

When we finally made our way to the casket to offer our condolences to his bride of 70 years, she looked at Princess A & M and told them that Karl enjoyed watching and waiting for them all to return everyday from school and work.  It gave him purpose in his day to stand at the screen door on weekdays at 3pm to make sure the girls made it home safely and without harm.  She said if one of the girls didn't make it back at their usual time he went looking for her to share his concern.  Funny thing is we never knew this, just thought he enjoyed being a "Mr. Kravitz", when all the while he just watching over our girls.  We'll miss our neighbor sitting on the porch with his oxygen tank waiting and watching for our girls, chatting with them about Germany and where they go to college and when they'll graduate.  The open door, it will die slowly as everyday since he was buried the front door is opened to the screen door as if he is still there, watching. Who knew when I waved to him a week ago today standing there that it would be the last time.

Yesterday I opened the back door to let Uli out in the yard, the smell of the cold crisp winter air smelt so delicious.  Is it funny how winter air smells so good yet we can't wait for winter pass?  Today the cold air broke and spring temperatures loom...only to beckon an inch of snow fall tomorrow.  Mother Nature has to be smoking crack these days.

Princess A has taken to making gourmet cupcakes.  I will attest they are double yum!
Tonight she has a new recipe she is creating.  Hold tight I will tempt your taste buds with more tantalizing pictures.

Tomorrow that blasted alarm clock is going to buzz at 540am and I will regretfully awake to it and drag myself out in the world for a paycheck. How I do so a three-day weekend!

6 comments:

Lin said...

Sorry about your neighbor. I'm glad they gave him a nice send-off. I just wish they saw the lovely service that they so deserve. My neighbor had a military funeral and it was incredible. I wish he saw it.

Isn't it strange how those people you see so little have such a big impact? I think you are going to miss him more than you realize. That's really sad that he won't be there to wave at. :(

I didn't have a 3-day weekend. :(

JODI said...

Lin- I wish 3-day weekends were 7-day weekends ;-)

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