It has been almost six months and I do miss you dearly. I think of you often. I wonder how things are where you are. How is Ray? We sure do miss him too. And Jeanna. And Patti. And your family? I am sure they were so happy to see you.
I wanted to catch you up on what is going on. I can just picture us sitting in your living room and talking. You always were a great listener and story teller.
Jaren and I are well. We found a nice apartment and I am almost certain you guided me to it; so many coincidences. The best part about our new apartment is I am only 4.8 miles from work. I know you would be happy to know that. You always worried about my long drive.
Work is going well. I really like my new department and coworkers. You know how nervous I was at first. I started my new position a couple weeks after you passed.
Jaren’s graduation went well. I know how proud of him you would have been. He is taking online college courses and he hopes to be in a dorm soon. He really wants to experience the college life. I am glad he is with me a little longer. With your passing, my new job position, Jaren graduating high school, moving out of the house and into our new apartment, I think it would have been difficult to be without Jaren too. So thankfully, he is with me a little longer. But I know he is ready to explore. And I am just about getting used to the idea of him leaving home. I can hear you giving me advice in your kind and gentle tone, reassuring me that everything will be alright. And you are right.
So many changes in such a short time, Sissy, but considering everything, I am doing well.
Noah and his family came down for Jaren’s graduation and they stayed with us at the house. I told Noah that he was there shortly after he was born for Christmas Eve. Of course he doesn’t remember but maybe somewhere subconsciously it is in him. It did feel like we came full circle. It meant a great deal to have them stay at that house. Noah’s parents felt right at home too. The only thing missing was you and Ray. But somehow, I think you both were there. Everything in that house reminds me of you two.
The kids all seem to be doing well. It’s hard because everyone is scattered but we do talk or txt now and then. I know you would be very happy to know that most everything you had went to the kids or close family and friends. I know how much you treasured your belongings. We had fun going through your things and sharing some stories to go along the way. Of course, you know I have many of those to share.
Sissy, you would be so proud of how your kids handled your estate. They were so generous to Jaren and me and honored your final wishes and request. I really got to know Danny more in those last few months then I did over the twenty plus years of knowing him. I see what made him special to you.
Tell Ray that Jaren did his best to keep the yard looking good and he took good care of your flowers too. We all worked together to get the house ready for market. Danny and Judy labored hard getting the house ready for the estate sale. And ready for the new buyers. I even got to meet of few of the neighbors. I guess having a garage sale is a good way to get to know the community. One lady bought a book shelf and she said her son would come get it later. When he came, I saw he was wearing a hearing aid. He is in his early twenties. I told him I was hearing impaired and we got to talking about it. I just thought, “Wow, what are the odds.” They were a nice family. It made me realize why you loved your home and your neighborhood so much.
Well, today Sis, is your birthday. And in your honor, Jaren and I are going to meet Karen at BJ’s. I hadn’t thought about doing this until mid-day today. I can’t think of better way to honor you and your memory on this special day. We will be sure to put a glass of tea on the table for you, with extra ice and lemons.
Happy Birthday, Sissy. We love you and miss you dearly.