Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Family

I love Thanksgiving, I really do. It is the one holiday I feel as if I’ve made my own, unlike Christmas. I spent so many Christmas holidays in foster homes and other people’s homes, I just haven’t been able to shake the feeling that I’m not where I belong.

Anyhoo, Thanksgiving. I have embraced it and made it my own. I have my whole routine-listening to old Motown hits while I cook and prepare appetizers and visit with my family all day long. I was, however, ready to give that up for this treat-

We were invited to go spend the day with Oldest and his family. I would have loved to go, but unfortunately gas alone would be over $200.00. So we’re making plans to visit in the spring. (I haven’t even met the new baby, and he’s almost 2. Bad Grandma.) The offer to go made me feel good though, and for now that’s going to have to be good enough.

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I have a nephew who recently graduated Marine Corp boot camp. He’s here (at his dad’s) for about a month before they ship him off to………..Iraq. I know. I suppose this is the part where I start blathering on about what a stupid war this is and how much our president sucks, but you know what? I don’t vote so I can’t bitch. All I can do is pray to God that this turns out like it’s supposed to, and that “like it’s supposed to” doesn’t mean my nephew getting killed over there. We’re driving to my brother’s on Saturday to spend the day with him before they ship him off.

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My husband’s brother is married to a shrew. I spoke with her on the phone right around the time they first started dating, and I told her I knew what kind of woman she was and that I had my eye on her. Then we met, and my first impression remained with me. Yuck. One thing I hated? I don’t believe in ultimatums. And she was full of them. (Making him give up the occasional cigar? Threatening divorce? Come on) Ok, two things-she was rude to my mother in law-you do NOT mess with people’s mothers. I could go on, but…..

Ends up, they are divorcing. I feel terrible for brother in law-he is such a great guy. But he does deserve so much better than her, so maybe this is a good thing.

He decided he needed to get away for Thanksgiving, so he and his son are coming to our house for the holiday weekend.

So my next week is very well planned out. Shopping this night, cleaning this night, visiting this day, etc… As you know, I have a tendency to get overwhelmed, so let’s see how this turns out.

7 comments:

Dan said...

I will pray for your nephew. I think this war is a horrible crime, and I really have to believe that George W will be held accountable for all the deaths (American and Iraqi) that he has been responsible...

I do hope that you have a great Thanksgiving, and a wonderful Christmas.

mile191 said...

i love your icon. there is beauty in the breaking. really gets me. fun to see your blog.

LulaBelle said...

Thank you Dan. I appreciate any and all good thoughts for him. I hope you and your family have wonderful holidays as well.

Thanks mile191. I had to start seeing my craziness in a different light!

mile191 said...

don't we all have a bit of crazy. i see what you mean. it is nice to have a place to be with our crazy. have a happy day, and happy blogging.

LulaBelle said...

Thanks mile191-you too.

Miyonao said...

When someone in your family has to go to a war, it's no longer political policies, it's very very personal. I pray for your nephew's safe return as well. Prays are like affirmation statements, they do work. I believe so.

LulaBelle said...

Thank you Miyonao. I appreciate all the positive thoughts for his safe return.