On a recent Saturday, I was sitting in the kitchen when Dotter and MuzicMan came down to deliver some things they purchased for me at Sam’s Club. Then Dotter hops up saying, “Oh, Mom, I brought you something, but I left it in the car! Be right back.” And off she goes.
She returned and sat down across the island from me and handed me this book . . . .
and said, “Remember how you collected Little Golden Books illustrated by Eloise Wilkin when we were little? Well, I don’t think you have this one.”
She was right. I don’t have this one, so I oohed and aahed over the book before noticing there was a paper sticking out of the top of it. I figured she’d just left the receipt folded up inside. But as I opened the book, which is in mint condition by the way, I realized it was a card with beautiful printing on the front . . .
How thoughtful my Dotter is! Not only had she bought me a first edition of an Eloise Wilkin book that I don’t already have, but she bought me a first edition! I was thinking just how sweet she was to see this book and order it for me for no reason at all, and then I opened the card to find this . . .
Look up in confusion.
Put hands to face and cry out,
“OH MY GOSH!”
Through tears I laid the book down and quickly made the few steps it took to reach her and embrace her, sobbing. I was literally sobbing. Oh yes, they were tears of joy, but I was also shocked and certainly surprised because I had given up all hope that she would give me a grandchild. I had stopped asking after their failed attempts at pregnancy last year, and I just assumed they had given up hope and feared that my asking about the possibility would only rub salt into the wound.
Needless to say, we are all thrilled. The baby is due near the end of April, and they waited until past the 12-week mark to publicly announce the pregnancy. Of course they used social media to let the extended masses know, but this is what their generation does, and I can find no fault! Below is what they posted to their social media platforms. For those of you who don’t know us personally, both Dotter and MuzicMan are musically gifted, teach music in schools, give private lessons, and do the music at their church. Plus, MuzicMan is part of a contemporary band called Voodoo Bayou while they both perform for weddings. Considering all this, you must give them kudos for originality.
And Monday night at Trunk of Treats at their church, their choice of costume let anyone who had not already heard the great news, know the source of our joy!
Isn’t that just the cutest idea ever? Oh yes, I’ve been told that I am going to become “crazy stupid in love” with this baby, and I’ve no doubt that’s true. I’ve waited a long time for something I had decided might never happen before I leave this earth. So, in 2017 I will join the ranks of grandparents and know the love of and for a grandchild. It can’t come soon enough, my friends.
And on the heels of this life-changing announcement came another one; this time from my youngest child. You may know him as Termite. He was just 11 when I started writing this blog in 2007, and now a tugboat captain-in-training, at the young age of 20. The news is . . .
Termite and Coco are engaged! They have been dating for about two years, and she is a lovely young lady who is already part of the family. They, in their very non-traditional way, have been tossing around ideas for their wedding; such as, getting married in a boat on Lake Decade, or having a wedding in the front yard with a Viking theme. I’ll do my best to help them have the wedding of their dreams, but I might just have to draw the line at a wedding dress made of camouflage, even though it might be her favorite color! (Is camo even a color?)
So, major life changes are happening down the bayou. I have thoroughly enjoyed this fall weather, although they say it’s been warmer and drier than in recorded history. The fish love it, too, and have been biting like crazy, which I will post about soon.
Meanwhile, it’s time to make plans for our bayou Thanksgiving Feast. This year we plan to purchase a turkey stuffed with crawfish/rice dressing from Hebert’s Specialty Meats in Maurice, LA. It will be well worth the drive to pick it up!
What have you been up to? And what are your Thanksgiving Menu ideas? Let me know below!
Happy Fall, y’all!