Yesterday I drove up to PA to visit my mom. She's doing quite well and we had a good time together -- had a cheese steak for lunch and schmoozed for an hour, and giggled through Target where we bought outfits for the grand daughter. It rained most of the way up and back down, but that's okay. I had my friend James Taylor with me, and if I weren't singing along I drove in quiet just thinking. I 'wrote' a short story that I'll type out within the next few days. I took inventory of goals: friends I need to contact; research I want to do, should I close my Facebook account. (More and more I see postings that I find annoying -- I 'hide' all the games, and lately I've been 'hiding' some people. For instance, one of my ex-students has a wonderful job that she bitches about constantly; denigrating patrons, her superiors, and their particular service. Another student pretentiously flaunts his importance. Frankly, I don't want to hear it. I mean, come on, that's what a blog is for! :) ) I've decided I MIGHT look for a part time job answering phones.
I also thought about Jim who died on Friday of a heart attack. He was one of the good guys; my friend when I was at Long and Foster Real Estate, my manager when I was at Century 21, and my broker when I went with him to his own firm where welcomed me even though he knew I wouldn't be long for the real estate world. One time while I worked at Century 21, I had torn the ligaments in my ankle while playing tennis and was 'casted' for almost two months. Jim arranged it so the office Christmas party was at our house -- he came in with a group and just took over. Soon after, I decided to take him to lunch to thank him, so we drove over to an Italian place in Laurel and both ordered full lunches; I insisted! I was adamant he order dessert -- after all it was my treat. Who knew they didn't accept American Express? Jim wound up paying for the whole thing. I was mortified. We laughed about that for a while. Today we say good-bye.
- I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three grand mother of four, and have been married to the same man for 48 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.