“I want to thank-you
Thank you for being a friend” ~ Andrew Gold
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Grandma, wanna play a game?
Of course Sweetie; race cars or funny animals?
Ummmm … cars(!)
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Grandma, what are you going to be for Halloween?
I haven't decided yet. What do you think I should be?
How about a beautiful princess?
Woooooow .. will you be a beautiful as Mommy?
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Grandma, what's Pappa going to be for Halloween?
He hasn't said. What do you think he should be?
How about a knight in shining armor?
(Let me fill you in)
Grandma, what ‘cha ‘doin?
Making you a care package
So you'll have some snacks for the long car ride ahead
Will there be grapes?
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Grandma, know what?
I go potty in the big boy potty(!) And mommy does, and daddy does; and Harry and Sally, they go potty outside
We love them extra for that
(Celebrate your victories, big or small)
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Grandma, when will I get to see you again?
I don't know Loves; I simply don't know
Will it be a long while?
I fear it might
Grandma, can I take pictures with your phone?
Remember, aim the camera at something.
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Grandma, can I call you every day?
I'd love that
What if I forget?
Then I'll call you, deal? Should we pinky-swear and spit-shake?
Will you be mad if I don't?
I'll think you were off playing or solving world peace, not avoiding me
World? What did you say?
(These past months I've felt a bit out of sorts. Relationships that matter have felt strained. Small hurts have snowballed into big hurts, until suddenly what once was has now become something distant and unfamiliar. I've grown weary under the enormity of it all and the expectations required of me to repair it. When the people-pleaser abandons her role, inevitably, nobody is pleased)
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Grandma, where's Harry?
In the back yard working on his bone
He's digging a hole(!)
What do you think he's going to put in it?
Leaves and sticks and Sally's ball
(I bury things too)
Grandma, are you sad?
My friend told me that when someone is sad, you don't run away. You hug each other
Hold that one close to your heart, dearest Eli
(Forgiveness is hard with a capital H. You think you've got it conquered, you've moved on, let it go, forgiven, forgotten and even started new. And then poof, you find yourself spiraling into old patterns)
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Grandma, who's going to play with you when I'm not here?
Yay Papa(!) He's pretty fun
(It's hard to learn, to re-learn, and not run away. To stop recoiling from past hurts, and instead, allow a hug. To offer one, too)
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Grandma, will Pappa take you out for pink ice cream without me?
Oh, Sweetie .. Grandma + ice cream .. well, it's complicated
(Clean slates are rarely ever clean)
Grandma, Mommy says it's time to go
Let's find your shoes
(Even the best of bones aren't fully buried, without a whole lot of dirt, and an awful lot of grit)
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Grandma, I'm going to miss you
One last hug? Promise me you'll be extra good until I get to see you again?
I wuv you
I love you too; so very very much
(But what I do know is eventually everything fades. “In a long while, Grandma.” What's acute today will soften over time if we choose it to be so. Together. If we have the courage to do the work and write something new, rather than sitting back waiting for it to come to us, or letting our feet carry us away)
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Thank-you dearest Eli, for the joy you've brought to my days.
Thank you for reminding me to play.
Thank you for softening my edges
Thank you for always wondering “Grandma, how ‘ya ‘doin?”
Thank you for the gift of your love without expectation or keeping score
How I'm going to miss having you in my everydays sweet one
(One day I hope you'll know)
xoxo .. Grandma
One of our favorite ways to pass an afternoon was making smoothies. They're such a great way to have fun in the kitchen with kids, as well as sneak some fruits and veggies into their diet.
I'm in charge of the Vitamix. He handles decorating, tasting, and naming.
I've been experimenting with Blue Majik this weekend. If you follow health trends, you might have noticed it popping up everywhere.
Derived from spirulina, blue Majik is a proprietary extract of the blue-green algae Arthrospira platensis. Much like spirulina, it's known for being nutrient dense, full of vitamins (especially B12), antioxidants, enzymes, and minerals. It's one of the most nutrient-dense foods available.
It's worth noting, much like spirulina, it doesn't taste the best on its own. Although blended into something like a smoothie, it's easy to mask the flavor.
~ Adapted from E3Live
Boo Berry Superfood Smoothie
- 1 heaping tsp E3Live Blue Majik powder
- 1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
- scoop protein powder (my go-to is from Dana James)
- 2 frozen bananas, sliced
- handful frozen blueberries
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 4 dates, pitted
- 1 coconut oil
- Pinch sea salt
- Topping ideas
- coconut flakes, unsweetened
- banana slices
- bee pollen
- Blend all ingredients together and in a high-speed blender. Serve with toppings of choice