Crazy as a Loom

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I'm back.....kinda.

I have been crazy busy, and away from home for the last 5 days.....I missed posting, but it just wasn't possible.
Family emergency, you could say. A place I needed to be, things I needed to do. Priorities.
My children are my priorities, and have been since they were born.
My family.
My husband, my mom.
Three daughters, two grandsons, and two granddaughters.
They keep me grounded. They keep me from weaving all night, and from working 24 hours a day. My gene pool would have me doing that.
But they pull me back from the brink, each in their own ways, with the things that they need, the things that I want to do with them, and for them.
Family.
A good thing.
I love them more than I can say.
And everything is OK, working out exactly the way it is supposed to.
You should be hearing a big sigh on this end. A really big sigh.
They say that blood is thicker than water. But it isn't blood, it's love.
From studio

One grandson, and one granddaughter, sorting and cleaning loopers for the upcoming kits.
Somehow today, when we got back to the studio, and they were in the barn with me, I felt the presence of the circle that they made.
Speaking of gene pools.
Today is my Dad's birthday. I missed him today.
And out of the blue, a memory came.
Some of my family on my mother's side was coming from England for a vacay.....they were coming into Kennedy Airport. I needed a way to get me, and 5 of them, back from New York City to upstate New York, a good 5 hour trip. They weren't going to fit in my car.
My father had a van, an old conversion van, that ran pretty well. He offered it for the trip, but said we needed to go out in it, so that I could drive it, and get used to it, first.
So we did.
Somewhere along the way, he made it clear that if the van was going to NYC, he was going with it. I hadn't considered that.
On our test drive, on a perfectly nice May day, he had the heater blasting. The sweat was pouring down my face. He was cold.
The country music was blasting from speakers in every corner. He was deaf.
When we finally got back, I vowed to myself that there was no way I was driving 5 hours down and 5 hours back, under those conditions, even if the van was free.
And I didn't.
I rented a Ford Windstar, and drove it to NYC without my father and his insufferable heater, and his annoying country music.
Today, on what would have been his 88th birthday, I look at a picture of him, sitting on my front lawn. Big coke bottle glasses, a shock of bright white hair, his signature white tee shirt, and a dazed look.
Today, if I could, I would drive across the country with my father, in his conversion van, sweaty and singing country songs all the way.

6 comments:

Snappy Di said...

I've got to hand it to you... in a van with the heater and the music blasting... I couldn't do it. Just couldn't. Menopausal hot flashes and a bad attitude would surely get the best of me.

Happy birthday to your dad's memory in the white tee shirt.!

Di

Rural Revival said...

The last time I had alone with my dad was in his company van helping me move. I hear ya, I'd ride it with him again any day and I'm very thankful for the memories.

LA said...

Thank you for sharing such colorful memories of your Dad. They spark many memories for me of my Dad. I bet your grandkids loved helping you put together the kits....making memories!

Tina J said...

I would too! Just with my dad!

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the shot of the grandkids working on loopers. I am going to email you a pic of mine!

Karen

donna said...

Thanks for the lovely memory of your Dad. I am blessed to still have mine but mom is in the nursing home with Alzheimers and it is 40 miles aways so I'm often driving with my Dad. It challenging days but I try to keep things in perspective and know that it won't last forever. I'll appreciate every moment I have with both of my parents. Thanks for your lovely weaving and stories!

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