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Lovely Lunch


Parents are the best. Well in most cases. Well in some cases. OK I don’t know what percentage are the best but I’ve been blessed with a wonderful set of in-law parents and they are one of the best. Boy if I can make it to their age with my wife (and she does kill me before then) that would be a the cheery on the cake. And if I have their love and kindness in my heart along the way, it will have been a fine life.

Anyone who has parents that are still with you, especially if you’re a senior yourself, get out with them. Help them see things. Have a meal. Stop for a visit. Drop off some flowers. Call them often. Tell them thank you and that you love them.

Some spring colors in fall.
Photo by Mike Hartley

And I thank my in-law parents for helping fill the void of missing my own. No pictures of lunch today. Was too hungry to raise a camera, but it was a very nice one at Leelynn’s in Ellicott City.

Random Thoughts

I can’t believe I just watched the Yankees lose that game.

I saw on a friends post Paper and Ink Imaginings some new “lunchbox notes” she had made in the Halloween theme, but that her offspring were past that stage. Reading this immediately made me think of all things my wife would put in our children’s lunches many years back. Or pack away for them on trips. And then of course when they went off to college and the subsequent care packages she would make them at home that included notes of love and encouragement. She has always put notes in my lunches. Sometimes special ones around anniversary or birthday times. Others just saying thanks for a wonderful vacation or for doing something or be safe or that she loved me. My kids when they were small also wrote me notes when they saw me struggling at difficult work situations. I have a few of the best ones taped to the wall near my desk at home and at work. Come to think of it, I just left a few post-its for my wife on the front door and on her pillow the other day teasing her. So I guess my thought is. You’re never too old for a special note from someone at any time in life. I hope you all get one soon.

I still can’t believe the Yankees lost that game.

OK, you caught me, I’ve been lazy the last day or two. Kind of unwinding mentally and trying to get the body to cooperate. I’ll be humping away on Saturday though and that means an early start before the sun comes up.

I’m going to bed and hoping that Yankee game was just a bad nightmare and in the morning I’ll wake and see they won 8-3.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

2 thoughts on “Lovely Lunch

  1. Hey, Mike, thanks for the link!

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