Today would have been Jonathan's birthday. No matter how bad he was doing, I could always count on him resurfacing around his birthday. I've been dreading September 10 knowing I'd have to face another reality. Three days ago I actually got an email from Jon Prass. I sat there and tried not to freak out. No words, just an attachment which I would not open. Tim investigated when he got home and some freaks used his email to sell Viagra. Jon would've chuckled. Maybe he still did. But the timing sucked. It all sucks. Got on his Facebook page late last eve and saw the messages his friends were leaving him. I laid awake all night.
One of the friends I met through Facebook and Twitter is the amazing artist, Laura Zarrin. Right before this past Mother's Day I got a surprise package from her with this artwork she made for me. It about brought me to my knees.
|A GIFT FROM LAURA ZARRIN|
Thing is, others thought about me on Mother's Day and along the way sending notes of encouragement or just offering a word or two. Wow. That's the kind of amazing friends I have. And I, on the other hand, have been so lame to not share these blessings with you. I'm making a promise to do better. I swear, I take pictures and jot notes down about what I want to tell you all, but then I just feel like the wind gets knocked out of my sails. I have so much to share and I just need to do it! Maybe in smaller spurts. I can do this!
Jennifer and I hung out on Skype today. Both on our sofas without makeup and talking for what seemed like a couple hours. 2000 miles apart. We were barely off the phone when flowers appeared at the door..from my girl. Aren't they beautiful? Isn't she beautiful? Only thing better would have been for us to be together today and tomorrow....we're sure we would've shopped.
Tomorrow is another day that will forever bond Jennifer and I closer together. See, Jennifer was on business in downtown NY on 9/11. It was the worst several hours until she could call to say she was okay and days before she could get back home. It's was such a sobering time when she got back and the memories come flooding back every year, esp. on this 10 year anniversary. I'm so thankful for the social media on days like these.
Speaking of social media, we were in that royal blackout that affected 1.4 million people here a couple days ago. Our cell phones weren't even working. No internet, TV, nothing. It was a stinkin 100 degrees too. I always like the initial adventure, brought candles and a lantern to an elderly neighbor we met right there on the spot. She is quite a delightful lady and we might not have met so quickly. We made a very interesting dinner and ate outside by candlelight. With all the lights out EVERYWHERE the stars were brilliant. Then we hopped in the car and drove around, both for the breeze and the radio news. The news said families were forced to spend the evening together, neighbors grilled out, sharing food. We should all have mandatory random blackouts, don't ya think? Well, unless you're in an elevator or on an amusement park ride....then you're exempt. Anyway, everything came back on here 12 hrs later (in the middle of the night) which set off the house alarms. With all the windows and doors open for air that sat us straight up and outta bed before we were awake!