You know those books you read that make you lose yourself? The books that you read that you never want to end? This was that book. I enjoyed this group of friends so much that I felt like I was truly a part of their lives.
The character development was perfect. The word pictures of the places that Donna went made me feel like I was using her eyes myself.
My only disappointment is that the book ended much too soon. I wanted it to go on forever. Jo Robinson has an amazing way with words and drawing the reader into their world.
Five out of five stars and highly recommended.
I don’t know if anybody else ever does this or not. But I tend to make plans and have fun anticipating doing something…but then the day of, I’m comfortable at home and don’t feel like going anywhere….but then I go and have an awesome time.
Well, that’s exactly what I did. My daughter had a really good friend in high school, and her mother and I are very good friends still. Well, she happens to have a little girl almost exactly one year older than my grandson. And since she has stayed in contact with me, it was a natural to get together with the kids. But then, all morning I kept thinking about just laying on the couch all day and not going.
Soren and I watched the Indy 500. He loves cars and got so excited when the race started. But with the attention span of a three year old, he started playing with toys instead. He serenaded me with his guitar.
Then it was time to go. I grabbed his dinner. (He’s a vegan and I learned a long time ago, it’s easier to take food for him than for him to just pick at what he can and can’t have). Off we went.
I worry a little bit because he is rarely around other children. But I didn’t need to worry. Maya just took control. They played. Interestingly, they are the same size. But she is going to be in kindergarten this fall so she is a bit more advanced.
She decided he should be a prince and put a purple crown on his head and a cape on him and she put on a princess dress. Then they had a tea party. But he loved playing with the cars and tractors the most.
They sat on opposite sides of a picnic table eating dinner. But next thing I knew, Soren was crawling under the table so he could sit next to her. He tried kissing her hand (which I found adorable since he was a prince and she was a princess) but she didn’t want any of that. And he told her he loved her.
He talked about her all the way home and kept asking if we could go to Maya’s house again. I need my daughter to connect him with other kids. He obviously just wants someone to play with.
Here is a cute picture of the prince and princess. I uploaded tons of pictures to Facebook and won’t subject you to all of those.
Today, I’m thankful that I honored my commitment. We had a delightful time.
Usually I am posting about the past…what happened earlier in the day. But tonight I’m breaking with that a little. I’m still thankful, but I’m thankful for what is to come…the anticipation.
Tomorrow will be a long and very tiring day for me. In fact, I will be having a lot of long days for the next week. I’m not starting particularly early. But I’m driving nearly four hours away and having lunch with one of my favorite people in the world. He is a former board member of mine and has always been not only a great supporter of mine, but the best sounding board I could ever ask for. He moved to Ohio after he retired a few years ago. We stay in touch (I’m so thankful for email and texting) and I have been able to see him at least once a year. Plus the occasional phone call. He picks me up when I’m down and he cheers me on when things are going great. And he ever so gently kicks me in the backside when I need it (fortunately that is rare). I’m so looking forward to my time with him tomorrow.
But that is just the first stop in tomorrow’s road trip. Next stop is my favorite daughter and beloved grandson. I am picking him up to come spend the week with grandma. I haven’t seen him in awhile. It is hard to be so far away. He was drawing a picture the other day and insisted it was grandma. Andrea sent me a picture before it got erased.
I’m sure you are using your imagination to try and figure it out, but it actually looks like me 🙂
They change so fast at this age. I’m anxious to see all the changes. And, he got glasses. I hate that he is so young, but he got it honestly. My dad had glasses when he was 4, so did I. And his mom has bad eyes. But, seriously, could he get any cuter???
All in all, it will end up being about a 13 or 14 hour day of traveling. But my reward will be snuggles and hugs and kisses. I love tucking him in bed at night and reading a story to him. I will be worn out and probably won’t have time to read anything for myself. But those are things I’m willing to give up for a week.
I’m thankful for the anticipation…for the time I will have with him.
Oh, just one more picture of the world’s cutest grandson.