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Special Friday

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Friday was a special birthday. Our first child was born this first day of spring. I was telling her last night that I have the images of my first sight of her in my mind today. Also that I miss her greatly because we have chosen to celebrate at a later date. It breaks my heart to do that but it’s also a wise move. I was reading that story of the family that has lost 4 members within days from a family gathering.

I couldn’t live with myself if I had passed something onto a family member. Nor should they have the guilt if it was passed to us. The trouble is it’s not like it’s going to be a short term delay. I suspect several weeks if we are lucky, to several months if not. And that hurts because that not only means missing birthdays and anniversaries but random dinners, cookouts, and gatherings in between the big events. I’m getting too old to miss anything but I also need to be smart.

My better half and I used Facetime to call her. You could probably count on one hand and maybe have a few fingers left with the number of times I’ve used that. But I can imagine a much greater use will be in order in the coming days. It was a lot of fun and it made missing her a bit easier.

I hope this isn’t something I have to imagine later this year. Photo by Mike Hartley

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • If you think it’s tough staying home think of how tough it’s going to be on your pets when you return to work.
  • Find the balance between keeping up on very important news and not watching too much and getting stressed.
  • I wonder if driving with the top down increases my risk of catching something? Not like I’m leaving the house much anyway.
  • I wonder if my back will hold up to the work I did on the deck today?

Today’s links I thought might be of interest:

If you thought about what can you do to support the health care works this article from Today has some great steps for each of us.

100 things for kids to do at home during school closures.

Bloom Cam for the Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC – better to watch from a distance this year.

Not often you see Bourbon Street on a Friday night at 10pm empty.

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.

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