I grew up on Bungalow Street. It isn’t a weird street name to people who grew up in my town, but when I started to make friends outside of my little town, I learned it was a little odd.
There were lots of big families in my town. There are six siblings in my own family. That didn’t seem like a big family, until I started to make friends outside of my little town. The biggest family on the three blocks of my street had 11 kids. That was a big family, but certainly not the biggest in town.
The next door neighbors had five kids. And when Christmas came ’round, they turned into a very crafty and sneaky bunch of kids. I don’t know if their parents ever knew, but they would surreptitiously unwrap each of the presents under the tree before Christmas and then rewrap them so that nothing seemed to be amiss on Christmas morning. And so they’d know what they were all getting.
My mom was a little bit crafty and sneaky herself. She would not put our names on our gifts. She came up with a new code every year. Sometimes she would number the presents, or she would mix up the names on them. Even if we would have opened the presents (which I’m not sure we ever would have, but she wasn’t taking any chances) we wouldn’t ever know who they were actually for…so what would be the point.
Kudos to my mom for her pro-activity in keeping Christmas a surprise!
What about you? Did you ever try to find out what you were getting before Christmas? Did your parents do anything devious like my mother did?
I took this picture last year when we went on a bird watching trip during Boot Camp. It’s some sort of Heron. I love this picture. I’ll go on the bird watching tour again this summer, if they do it. We saw evidence of eagles out in the preserve, but didn’t actually see any of the raptors. I would like a second shot at that, and maybe I could capture on on film. That’d be cool…
Happy ACTUAL 70th birthday, mom. I’ll be thinking of you especially today…
(Posted in absentia)
Today was a busy day! Today was my big brother’s birthday – “Happy Birthday Phil”!
And today was my mother’s surprise 70th birthday party, kept secret by using the veil of it being my bro’s birthday to hide behind! Her birthday isn’t until the 16th, but “Happy Birthday, Mom!”.
I hope that both parties were fun and full of laughter and friends…
And congratulations MUST go out to Dan Gould as he graduates today with his PhD!
And this is my first “Posted in absentia” posts for the summer (I have a number of posts set to publish at varying times while I am gone). Today is my last day at home. I have turned off my computer for the last time, I have finished the final bits of packing, and I leave very early tomorrow morning for Florida and “The Lord’s Boot Camp” in Merritt Island, FL.
My back has been giving me some increased problems lately and I just hope I am not going to be struggling too much with my 50 pound duffel bag and two really heavy carry-ons! Just not as young and strong as I used to be…but very excited about the summer God has in store for me and my team!
I have posted my addresses for this summer in my sidebar. Sure, they’re a jumbled mess, but I couldn’t fix it! If you’re of a mind, I’d love to get “snail mail” from you, even if I don’t really know you! No e-mail or computers where I’m going!
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“ A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.”
James Joyce in Ulysses
I guess I don’t know any geniuses … Let’s try a quote that I love, and agree with then:
“Think you’re escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.”
So then, Happy Birthday to you two, and a happy Bloomsday to everyone!
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