Well, there's some of us. Lily, Hank, Gibson, Mark, Jessie, Vergil, and Melissa.
May was running her ass off trying to serve about fifty people who had decided to come out to eat at Fanny's today and Owen was playing on the old tennis courts where he was figuring out mysteries and Mr. Moon was stuck in the office, dealing with what he called "elderly people" and then he said, "They're about sixty-five," and we both laughed our asses off because...we're Elderly, Junior, I guess.
I did not give birth to Mark or Melissa but they are both mine, in a way. Mark calls me "Mama" and Melissa and Jessie have been best friends since they were little girls and Melissa told the story today of how the first time she ever spent the night at our house, she woke up and was a bit confused and she wandered into my room. I remember this. Glen was out of town and so I said, "Honey, do you want to get in bed with me?" and she did, and so in a way I guess we bonded. She's a pistol, that one. Working on her Master's at FSU, thinking about getting her PhD.
Mark is just mine because he is. I've known him for yonks too. He and Hank have been friends for many years and well, he's just ours.
We talked today about hugging and kissing. Mark and Melissa both said that they've gotten more hugs from our family than they ever got from their own. And they both have very loving, wonderful families. I guess we just hug and kiss a lot. While sharing memories at lunch today, Mark even said that the first time he met me I hugged him and he was a little freaked out. But today when it was time for me to leave to go to the dentist, he said, "Is it hugging time?"
And indeed it was.
Mark's been doing a lot of Legos for range of motion therapy for his arm and his hand since he got his surgery and yesterday, he gave Owen a set and now Owen is entranced. Here's a picture of Owen last night after he put together a Crock thing Lego thing ALL BY HIMSELF!
He was so proud. He did not think he could do it but he did and he's sort of in love with Mark now.
Before lunch, Lily and Jessie and I went to Costco. Jessie was so excited to join us on one of our Costco trips. We introduced her to our rituals which we've developed over the years, our Costco Traditions. They are few and silly but we love them. Lord but it's nice to have Jessie and Vergil here. I hope they don't get sick of us too quickly.
My follow-up dentist appointment went fine. Healing proceeding normally. Stitches taken out. Going back in two weeks. The nurse showed me the pictures of the implant on the computer and all I could say was, "God. That is gnarly."
I am SO glad I don't remember any of that whole procedure except for what I've reported here. Jesus.
Stay awake to have a baby, go to sleep to have a dental procedure, that's my advice.
So. That's pretty much it. Costco, lunch, dentist. Oh, I went to the library!
God, it was a huge day for me.
And then I came home and did some yard stuff and potted plants stuff and tomorrow I really need to hoe the weeds up in the garden or I might as well just kiss all that work good-bye.
I'd much rather kiss you. Need a hug?